Matthew Popkin

Matthew Popkin

  • Urban Transformation

Matthew manages technical assistance with cities through the American Cities Climate Challenge and City Renewables Accelerator, helping cities across the United States procure clean energy and work with their utilities to meet ambitious climate and energy goals. Matthew also leads multiple projects, from the development of the Federal Funding Opportunities for Local Decarbonization (FFOLD) tool to ongoing research on unconventional renewable energy and land use—specifically solar on closed landfills, brownfields, and parking facilities.


Prior to RMI, Matthew worked at Sustainable Strategies DC, where he helped smaller cities and towns secure $10+ million in funding for sustainable community revitalization, transportation, and infrastructure priorities. He also provided technical assistance on brightfields redevelopment, leveraging public and private resources, and advocacy to state and federal agencies. He also worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Maryland Energy Administration. Matthew’s collaboration with cities began in College Park, Maryland, working on transportation planning, public safety, sustainability, and emissions reduction initiatives with the City of College Park and University of Maryland.


MPP, Specialization in Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

BA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park


Washington, D.C.