Matthew L. Evans is the United Philanthropy Forum’s Director of Public Policy. Matthew brings to the Forum more than 14 years of public policy, government relations, and external affairs experience. Before joining the Forum, he was Director of Public Policy & Special Projects for the Southeastern Council on Foundations in Atlanta, where he worked to ensure the legislative and regulatory success of the philanthropic sector in the South. Prior to that, he worked as Senior Manager of Government Relations for SmithBucklin in Washington, D.C., where he directed the legislative and regulatory affairs efforts of multiple clients from a diverse group of industry sectors.
Most of Matthew’s professional career has been shaped in Washington, D.C., having held multiple positions that gave him direct experience in working with elected officials, corporations, and associations, leading advocacy efforts for several national organizations. He currently serves as the staff lead for the Forum Public Policy Committee and is a member of the Nonprofit VOTE National Leadership Council. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tennessee State University, an HBCU in Nashville, Tennessee.