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Matthew Popkin

Matthew Popkin

  • Urban Transformation

Matthew joined the Cities Renewables Accelerator team in February 2019, a new collaborative initiative with the World Resources Institute, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, and Bloomberg Philanthropies through the American Cities Climate Challenge. The team is focused on helping cities across the United States procure renewable energy and meet their climate and energy goals.


Before RMI, Matthew worked at Sustainable Strategies DC, where he helped small cities and towns secure over $9 million in funding for community revitalization, sustainability, placemaking, transportation, and infrastructure priorities. He also provided technical assistance on brightfields redevelopment, leveraging public and private resources, and advocacy to state and federal agencies. Prior to joining Sustainable Strategies DC, Matthew worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality on their Energy and Climate team from 2014-2015 on domestic and international emissions reductions strategies and worked at the Maryland Energy Administration in 2013 on residential renewable energy and efficiency financing strategies. His collaboration with cities began in College Park, Maryland, working on transportation planning, public safety, sustainability, and emissions reductions initiatives from 2010-2014.


M.P.P., Specialization in Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Policy, 2014

B.A. in Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park, 2013


Washington, DC

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