In his lifetime, Charles Matthews’ career has taken him and his family around the United States and beyond. Though his title and coordinates have changed, his commitment to serving as a philanthropic leader in the workplace hasn’t.

Serving as president and chief executive officer of Peoples Energy, Charles oversees the daily operations, strategy, growth and administrative activities of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. Together, the two utilities distribute natural gas to more than 1 million residents in Chicago and the northern suburbs.

“I have been committed to United Way my entire career,” Charles said. “I’ve been fortunate that every step of the way, the corporations I’ve worked for have supported and matched my commitment to United Way. It’s part of my corporate DNA.”

Since he took the helm in 2015, Charles has served with a sense of personal and corporate responsibility at the forefront of his mind. A member of United Way’s Tocqueville Society, a global membership organization of community leaders and philanthropists, Charles’ embodies Alexis de Tocqueville’s belief that in order to create a vibrant civil society, people must join forces for a mutual purpose.

In his case, Charles utilizes his leadership position to cultivate a culture of corporate philanthropy that advances solutions to Chicago residents’ most pressing problems.

“I have been committed to United Way my entire career,” Charles said. “I’ve been fortunate that every step of the way, the corporations I’ve worked for have supported and matched my commitment to United Way. It’s part of my corporate DNA.”