Matthew H. Levin is a DM Fellow, Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, at Weatherhead School of Management. Professionally, he is a CPA and Tax Partner at Windham Brannon, P.C., one of the largest privately-owned CPA firms in Atlanta, GA. Matt grew up in South Florida and then attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, entering as a long-haired music major and emerging five years later with a Bachelors in Accounting and Finance. His entire professional career has been in Atlanta – commencing with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the Big 4” international CPA firms). Matt then entered Corporate America as Vice President of Corporate Tax at Days Inns of America, Inc., at the time owned by a New York-based private equity firm and which subsequently went public.
During his career, Matt earned two Masters Degrees – a Masters of Tax from Georgia State University (GSU) and later an Executive MBA from GSU. In his personal life, Matt has been a certified scuba diver and cave diver for 40 years. Matt has logged over 900 dives – ocean reef and freshwater cave. During these four decades, he has observed first-hand the environmental degradation which has occurred on marine reefs and in fresh water spring systems. This – together with his Executive MBA course in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability – was the catalyst in Matt’s epiphany about how businesses must have a seat at the table along with government and society in solving today’s global environmental and social challenges.
Matt is in the PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems Program at Weatherhead. His research interest is in connecting corporate sustainability initiatives with resulting financial performance. As well, during the past 25 years Matt has served on a variety of civic nonprofit Boards: The High Museum of Art, The Georgia Shakespeare Festival, The Urban League of Greater Atlanta, and most recently Star*C Corporation (http://www.star-c.org/). Star*C’s mission is to help economically disadvantaged community residents overcome problems associated with community decline, thereby creating a flourishing environment for all. In his spare time,” Matt teaches a graduate course in the Masters of Accounting Program at GSU.