President and CEO
Global Green USA
Matt Petersen, Global Green USA President, CEO and board member, joined Global Green USA in 1994. He serves on the Council of Green Cross International and is Chair of the GCI Energy and Resource Efficiency program. Petersen drives and guides Global Green USA’s new programs, including work on water and energy, green power, climate change and nuclear weapons.
In the aftermath of the Gulf Coast hurricanes, Petersen put forth a vision and mobilized resources to create the Global Green “Healthy Homes and Smart Neighborhoods” initiative which resulted in: the New Orleans Sustainable Design Competition with Jury Chair Brad Pitt; the NOLA Green Schools Initiative funded by the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund and work with Habitat for Humanity throughout the Gulf Coast to create more energy efficient housing.
In 2008 Matt was honored as the Hillary Institute’s inaugural Hillary Senior Fellow and serves on a number of advisory boards. Those include Discovery Communications’ Planet Green, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and serves on the Environmental Media Association (EMA) Advisory Board, as well as the Automotive X Prize Advisory Board.
Previously, Petersen served as Executive Director of Americans for a Safe Future, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a political campaign manager for candidates at the local, state and federal level. Petersen is also active in his community as a member of the Santa Monica Task Force on the Environment.