Development Officer, City of Cincinnati
Matthew Heldman is a Development Officer for the City of Cincinnati Department of Community and Economic Development. Since joining DCED’s Housing Division in October 2019, he has worked to create new affordable housing units in the city. He also manages the City’s residential tax abatement program that attracts and retains homeowners in the City and stimulates sustainably-minded improvements to the housing stock. Prior to joining the City, Matthew interned for The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, where he solidified his interest in working in the public sector. Passionate about all things Cincinnati, he is honored to begin his professional career serving his hometown. Matthew graduated summa cum laude from Emory University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning and Development and minor in Sustainability Sciences. His honors thesis, titled Too Good to Be True: Mixed-Use Developments’ Attempt to Replicate an Organic Sense of Place, examined the characteristics of New Urbanist-inspired developments and their effort to recreate the vibrancy, diversity, and walkability of traditional neighborhoods. Outside of the classroom, Matthew served two years as the President of the Emory Student Alumni Board, fostering relationship building between students and alumni and overseeing major milestone traditions across the University. Passionate about the importance of civic engagement, he also organized voter registration drives and opportunities to attend the Atlanta mayoral debate for first-year residents as a Resident Advisor. Matthew is a proud product of Cincinnati Public Schools, where he is a fourth-generation graduate of Walnut Hills High School. He is an avid Cincinnati Reds, Bengals, and FC Cincinnati fan.