Matt Brown

Board of Directors, USA

Matt Brown is the founder, co-chair and executive director of Renew, a non-profit organization building state-based, multi-racial grassroots power in the United States to combat the overlapping crises of climate change, economic inequality and racial injustice. Brown has nearly three decades of experience working to advance racial and social justice, democracy and human rights as a founder and leader of non- profit organizations and a statewide elected official. Brown co-founded and led Global Zero (2007-2018), an international organization dedicated to reducing and eliminating nuclear weapons, which earned two Nobel Peace Prize nominations for its track-two diplomacy, policy work, global coalition-building and grassroots organizing. As Secretary of State of Rhode Island (2003-2006), he removed barriers to voting, including launching Motor Voter e-Registration, a first-in-the-nation electronic voter registration system. Prior to that, Brown co-founded and led City Year Rhode Island (1994-1998), the first expansion site of the pioneering national service program, which combats racial injustice, serves marginalized urban communities and was the model for the federal AmeriCorps program. He received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.