President and CEO
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Matt Petersen is the President and CEO of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a private non-profit organization that is creating an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation, transforming markets and enhancing communities. Prior to joining LACI, he was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as the first ever Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles.
Serving as CSO for four years, Petersen was the chief architect of the groundbreaking Sustainable City pLAn, led efforts to make LA a global leader in electric vehicles, and helped create the Climate Mayors. Petersen co-founded Global Green USA and led the organization for 19 years as President and CEO, pioneering the greening of affordable housing, schools, and cities as well as helping grow the solar sector. Petersen is chair of the Climate Mayors board, and a board member of Global Green USA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Center for Environmental Health, and the Sir Edmund Hilary Institute for International Leadership.