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Matt Brown

Board of Directors, Washington, DC

Matt Brown is founder of Global Zero, the international movement for the elimination of all nuclear weapons. Since its launch in Paris in December 2008, Global Zero has grown to 300 leaders and more than 450,000 citizens worldwide; developed a step-by-step plan to eliminate nuclear weapons; built an international student movement with 100 campus chapters in ten countries; and produced an acclaimed documentary film, Countdown to Zero, with the team behind An Inconvenient Truth. Matt is the former Secretary of State of Rhode Island (2002-2006) and Executive Director of City Year Rhode Island, a national service program. As Secretary of State, Matt developed Rhode Island’s first Central Voter Registration System, a computerized voter registration system ensuring accurate voter lists; he launched Motor Voter e-Registration, a first-in-the-nation electronic voter registration system; and he developed new e-Government tools to increase the transparency of government. Matt has taught at the University of Rhode Island, and has given legislative testimony on election reform, government reform, health care, and other policy issues. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.