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UNC Clean Tech Speaker

Matt Kopac

Matt Kopac
Sustainable Business & Innovation Manager
Burt's Bees

Biography

Matt Kopac is the Sustainable Business & Innovation Manager for Burt’s Bees, a leading natural health and beauty care business, where he protects and promotes livelihoods and nature by developing and delivering on the brand’s sustainability strategy.

Matt’s work spans responsible sourcing, sustainable packaging, operational footprint management, customer and industry relations, and employee engagement. Matt is also a champion of community and culture, directing community service efforts and serving as Vice President and Treasurer of The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation.

Beyond Burt’s Bees, Matt promotes a more equitable local economy as Co-founder and Chair of the Durham Living Wage Project, and advises local government officials on environmental policy as an appointee on the Durham Environmental Affairs Board.

Prior to joining Burt’s Bees in 2012, Matt led sustainability efforts for a tech company in North Carolina, was a consultant to high impact social enterprises on three continents, advocated for triple-bottom line community economic development policy in Washington, DC, and was a Small Enterprise Development Peace Corps Volunteer supporting women’s cooperatives in Benin, West Africa.

Matt has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the Yale School of Management, where he served as Class President. He is an avid international traveler and a student of languages and cultures. Matt lives in Durham with his wife and two boys.