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 helps accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies. From 2013-17, Petersen served as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Chief Sustainability Officer, and was the principal architect of Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn. He also helped create Climate Mayors, a consortium of U.S. leaders whose cities are adopting The Paris Agreement. For much of his earlier career, he headed Global Green USA, a pioneer in the greening of affordable housing.


Petersen has long called for individuals to reclaim their role as citizens. “We can all become a living, breathing solution to the environmental and economic crises we are simultaneously facing,” he says.

He currently serves on the boards of Global Green USA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, and The Hillary Institute. He’s an adjunct professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Citizen E Committee and Supporters

Special thanks to our Citizen E Committee: Anna Getty, Travis Dredd, Beth Linkenhoker, Jaime Carlson, Michael Smith, April Trigg and Eventologie, Erin Rank and Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA, Philippe Caland and EarthWe, and Aidan Petersen. 

Enormous gratitude to Citizen E supporters: Beth DeWoody Rudin, Ben Packard, Heather Tierney and Sarah Meyer Simon of Butcher's Daughter, Goldhirsch Foundation, Mike Sullivan, Les McCabe and Global Green USA, Pete Kennedy and George Remus, Henry Eshelman and Platform PR, Barry E. Levine Photography, John Lyons and Avalon Hollywood, Francoise Koster and La Poubelle, and Golden Road Brewery.