Atlanta – Purpose Built Communities is proud to announce that Michelle Matthews has joined the organization as Senior Vice President. She is a trusted advisor with more than 30 years of experience in organizational development, change management and consulting. Most recently, she founded and led the Matthews Consulting Group (MCG), a consulting practice specializing in nonprofits, for more than a decade. She is a recognized expert when it comes to developing strategies to improve business processes, maximize human capital and increase revenues. “We are excited to welcome Michelle to the team. Her deep experience and expertise in advising nonprofit organizations through all stages of development will be invaluable to our Network Members and prospects striving to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty through the Purpose Built Communities Model of holistic neighborhood transformation,” said David Edwards, CEO of Purpose Built Communities. Michelle’s guidance has enabled nonprofit organizations, such as Families First, the Task Force for Global Health, and Communities in Schools of Atlanta; educational institutions, such as Spelman College and Atlanta Public Schools; and numerous Fortune 500 companies, such as Delta Air Lines, Kimberly Clark and Georgia Pacific to implement strategic change and improve individual, team and organizational performance. Before founding MCG, Michelle was a senior manager for IBM, KPMG Consulting and Accenture. In these positions, Michelle effectively led teams through engagements requiring strategic planning, group facilitation, organizational change management, executive coaching and business process redesign. Michelle brings passion, experience and integrity to her work. These traits are the foundation of her ability to quickly grasp the internal and external dynamics of an organization or institution, and successfully facilitate strategic planning retreats and team-building sessions. Believing that change is always possible, Michelle is deeply committed to collaborating with organizations to create customized strategies that are easy to understand and designed to put clients on the path to achieving results that are both remarkable and measurable. Michelle is a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), and the Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Strategic Planning. She is also a board member for the Quality Care for Children. An authority on adapting to changing environments, Michelle has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise and Smart Money. She has also appeared as a CNN guest on the program “Your Money,” where she shared her experiences in leadership and change. In 2011, Michelle received the Atlanta Business League’s Business Achievement Award, and she was featured in the 2012 November/December issue of Minority Business Entrepreneur magazine. In 2013-2014 Michelle was host of “Growth Matters,” a weekly radio show where she spoke with executives and entrepreneurs about their insights into growing an organization in today’s competitive environment. Michelle graduated summa cum laude from Spelman College, with an economics degree.