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Matt Petersen, Founder and Chair

For nearly three decades, Petersen has worked to find innovative solutions to some of the Earth’s most pressing problems. He is currently President and CEO of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, a non-profit organization that is creating an inclusive green economy. Previously, Petersen was appointed by Mayor Eric Garrett in 2013 as the City of Los Angeles' first ever Chief Sustainability Officer. In that role, he was the architect of Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn, a comprehensive road map for improving Los Angeles' environment and economy while improving social equity. He also helped Garcetti create Climate Mayors, a network of U.S. mayors who are adopting the Paris Climate Agreement in their cities. Petersen is a national environmental leader and social entrepreneur who previously headed Global Green USA for many years.


Petersen has long called for individuals to reclaim their role as citizens, and take responsibility for a corner of their world. “We can all become a living, breathing solution to the environmental and economic crises we are simultaneously facing, while increasing opportunity for everyone in our society,” he says.

He currently serves as board chair of Climate Mayors, & sits on the boards of Global Green USA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, the Center for Environmental Health, and The Hillary Institute. He's also member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Pacific Council on International Policy.


Citizen E Committee and Supporters

Citizen E would not be possible without our Citizen E Committee:  Anna Getty, Travis Dredd, Jaime Carlson, Erin Rank and Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA, and Aidan Petersen. Enormous gratitude to Citizen E supporters: Beth DeWoody Rudin, Anna Getty, The Goldhirsch Foundation, Ben Packard, Michael Smith, Travis Dredd, Mike Sullivan, and many others

Special thanks to Global Green USA, as well as to our Citizen E partners who made possible our November 5, 2016 launch event : Beth Linkenhoker, April Trigg and Eventologie, Heather Tierney and Sarah Meyer Simon of Butcher's Daughter, Pete Kennedy and George Remus, Philippe Caland and EarthWe, Barry E. Levine Photography, John Lyons and Avalon Hollywood, Francoise Koster and La Poubelle, and Golden Road Brewery.