Managing Director, Research Strategist

Matthew Leatherman

Matthew Leatherman joined FCLT Global from North Carolina Department of State Treasurer where he served as Policy Director. Matthew contributed to the Department adopting a policy on long-term stewardship for approximately $100 billion of assets under its management and to updating practices for how staff incorporate longer-term factors into the evaluation of debt issued by local governments. He also was staff director of the Department’s Corporate Governance Committee, a body responsible for conducting the Department’s engagement with regulators, dialogue with corporate issuers, and voting of proxy ballots.

Matthew’s earlier career focused on U.S. fiscal research, most recently at the Stimson Center in Washington D.C. His commentary in outlets like Bloomberg Government was influential for understanding government shutdown and budget sequestration the terms of fiscal impact, management process, and the governance relationship between executive and legislative branches. Matthew advised the Rivlin-Domenici Debt Reduction Commission on military budgeting and management, including the structure of retirement and health care benefits for U.S. service-members. His fiscal research has been published by Foreign Affairs, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, McClatchy-Tribune News Service, and other outlets.

Matthew is a Board member of the John Rex Endowment, a $75 million fund with a focus on improving mental health, preventing injury, and expanding access to healthy lifestyles for children in Wake County (NC). He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds degrees from the University of North Carolina and Columbia University.

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Governance, Incentive Alignment, Mandates | Article

FCLTGlobal Joined the Pacific Pension Institute to Discuss the Long-Term Investment Ecosystem

By Victoria Tellez, Matthew Leatherman

22 May 2024 - On 15 May 2024, FCLTGlobal joined the Pacific Pension Institute at its “PPI in Residence” salon in New York City to lead a discussion on overcoming short-term pressures and meeting savers’ needs.

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What’s in a name? Sustainability simply means securing the future

By Matthew Leatherman

22 April 2024 - Today, private sector executives from across the globe find themselves using the same word to mean different things. “Sustainability” has become shorthand for mitigating and adapting to climate change. But for many, sustainability encompasses a much wider set of issues, certainly including climate change, but also incorporating additional trends like deglobalization, the rise of AI in business, or persistent threats of inflation or recession.

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Governance | Article

The Myth of the One Size Fits All Board

By Matthew Leatherman, Jess Gaspar

15 April 2024 - There is no one-size-fits-all solution to designing corporate boards for long-term value creation. Recognizing and understanding that choices are available is the first step toward making longer-term choices and establishing next-generation board governance.

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