Matt 
Lappé

Executive Director

Matt was ACE’s fourth employee, brought on in 2008 to develop the science credibility of ACE’s programming. Before taking the role of Executive Director, he served as ACE’s Director of Education, developing ACE’s multimedia education resources, overseeing the science training of staff, and convening ACE’s Science Advisory Board, consisting of some of the top experts in the climate field. He also headed evaluation efforts to measure ACE’s impact and managed the ACE Teacher Engagement program to help bring the best climate science into the classroom.

After receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University’s Earth Systems program, he studied paleoclimate and environmental hydrology throughout Patagonia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Upon his return to California, he taught at a small charter high school, heading their science and social studies departments. Before joining ACE, Matt worked as a Policy Analyst for the Tomales Bay Institute, where he worked on federal climate policy, and was a presenter for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. Matt recently completed an Executive MBA program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In collaboration with Stanford, Yale, and George Mason Universities, Matt’s most recent paper was published in the journal, Climatic Change. He lives in Boulder, CO with his wife, dog, and two daughters, Evelyn and Jennifer.