Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
Matt Petersen currently serves as the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles. He was appointed to the position by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. As L.A.'s first CSO, Petersen is concerned with ways Los Angeles can reduce its environmental footprint while simultaneously making neighborhoods healthy and more livable.
Prior to becoming CSO, Petersen served as Global Green USA President, CEO and board member where he developed and guided Global Green USA's new programs, including work on water and energy, green power, climate change, and nuclear weapons. He serves on the Council of Green Cross International, and is Chair of the GCI Energy and Resource Efficiency program.
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.
Petersen is an advisor to 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.