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Matt Petersen

Global Green USA, President, CEO, Boardmember

Matt Petersen has served as president and CEO of Global Green USA since its inception in 1994. Petersen is a social entrepreneur who has been a driving force for sustainable design, solar power, and green communities while improving the lives of those in need.

Among Petersen’s many success stories is his successful vision for the green rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Petersen’s passion and tireless efforts led to greening of schools and housing, as well as the New Orleans Sustainable Design Competition created with Brad Pitt. The competition resulted in Petersen deciding to construct the winning design—with 23 units of housing and a community center—into the Holy Cross Project, a LEED Platinum sustainable village in the Lower 9th Ward.

Petersen is also an instrumental force in connecting the power of Hollywood to bring attention to climate change. Working shoulder to shoulder with Pitt, James Cameron, Edward Norton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Salma Hayek, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rosario Dawson, Mark Ruffalo, and others, Petersen has helped bring critical attention to environmental causes ranging from the impact of climate change to the importance of greening America’s schools.

In June 2008, Petersen was appointed as the Inaugural Hillary Senior Fellow of the Hillary Institute. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Clinton Global Initiative, and serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity-Los Angeles.