Meet Matt

Communications and Public Affairs Consultant

Accumulating more than 30 years of experience years in corporate and agency public affairs and communications, Matt opened Van Vleet and Associates, LLC, in 2019 serving the public affairs needs of business associations and corporate clients.  He joined Potlatch in 2006 in Lewiston, Idaho, and served Clearwater Paper as the company’s as first vice president of corporate communications and public affairs in Spokane.   


Matt started his career with Weyerhaeuser Company in Federal Way, Wash., and after that spent eight years at Georgia-Pacific in corporate and business unit public relations as well as employee communications. Matt also served as director of government affairs at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, corporate communications director for Royal Philips Electronics in Atlanta, spokesman for Lowe’s Home Improvement, Louisiana-Pacific’s external communications manager in Portland, and vice president at Fleischman-Hillard in Portland, Oregon. 


Matt has led comprehensive public affairs and brand initiatives at three major corporations, and has overseen strategy development and tactical implementation plans to promote and defend companies located in large and small communities. He has developed content for numerous sustainability reports and other key policy-based positions.  Matt holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Oregon.