Matthew Fieldman, vice president of external affairs at MAGNET, has done much more than give people second chances. Through his efforts at helping found EDWINS, a restaurant run by formerly incarcerated men and women, Fieldman has created second chances for almost 100 former inmates.
“Every year, we get a second chance during Yom Kippur,” said Fieldman. “I believe everyone deserves that chance, and one mistake shouldn’t define you.”
EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute in Shaker Square involves three buildings for housing, as well as the development of fine dining skills and techniques. The project raised nearly $500,000 to pay the students, create housing opportunities and get the restaurant up and running.
Fieldman also is in a yearlong fellowship for United Synagogue Youth, in which he goes around the country teaching children ways to positively impact the world. With the help of the USY, Fieldman has reached more than 1,000 children.
Fieldman has affected Cleveland’s economy through his work at MAGNET, a nonprofit helping midsize manufacturers, along with his work at SEA change. He has sparked the economy with his contribution to small and medium sized companies and their manufacturing. He volunteers for SEA change to help social entrepreneurs make dreams a reality.
With his new charitable journey, Fieldman is creating “Cleveland Codes,” boot camps designed to help understand software.
At a Glance
As a professional: MAGNET
Spouse: Alyson Fieldman
Children: Liora, 4; Eliana, 6
Synagogue: Congregation Shaarey Tikvah
In the community: EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, United Synagogue Youth, Cleveland Codes, SEA (Social Enterprise Accelerator) change, EDWINS board president