For over a decade, Matt Charles has provided a suite of public and community relations services for a number of nonprofits, government organizations and small businesses and startups. He serves as deputy spokesperson for the University of Virginia and has worked as director of media relations for the U.Va. Darden School of Business and director of communications and public relations for Danville (Va.) Regional Foundation.
His background includes working as an on-camera spokesperson and host in Los Angeles and serving as a special investigator in New York City, investigating sex crimes against children.
He earned his doctorate in public administration with a focus on public policy/communications at Valdosta State University, Master of Public Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.
He graduated from the U.Va. Sorensen Political Leaders and Duke University Nonprofit Certificate programs and have completed coursework toward a Certificate in Leadership from the U.Va. Darden School of Business.
His professional and research interests include:
- crisis communications
- reputation management
- media relations
- public policy communications and advocacy
- community relations
- research methods
- program evaluation
- local governments
- Main Street and downtown communities
- think tanks
- tech startups
- colleges and universities
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