In March 2021, Matt began serving as Senior VP of Program for the Student Conservation Association, the U.S.’s oldest and largest climate corps. Before this position, he served as Chief of Sustainability for the City of Cleveland. Working on all things urban sustainability and climate, Matt led the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative to create a thriving green city on a blue lake. He also led development and implementation of the award-winning Cleveland Climate Action Plan: Building Thriving and Resilient Neighborhoods for All.
This position followed completion of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship in Mauritius, where he researched climate change impacts and adaptation governance. Prior to receiving this grant, he served four years with the US Department of Energy, the first two years as a Presidential Management Fellow. At DOE he worked largely on green building and climate change, serving as Chair of the Interagency Sustainability Working Group to make green building standard practice throughout the Federal government.
Matt has bachelor degrees in Industrial Engineering and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. Matt is a LEED and EcoDistricts Accredited Professional.