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Jill Gravender Matteson, 2017 Commencement Speaker

Jill Gravender Matteson

Jill Gravender Matteson, Director of Innovative Partnerships at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, has been named keynote speaker for the 2017 Commencement exercises at the Bren School, to be held Friday, June 16 at Bren Hall.

Jill Matteson has more than twenty years of experience in environmental policy and non-profit management. Throughout her career, she has worked to foster dialog between, and build consensus amongst, diverse stakeholders (NGOs, corporations, government agencies, philanthropic organizations, and academic institutions) to develop innovative approaches to mitigating the negative impacts of climate change.

Mrs. Matteson’s leadership contributed to the development of the first state-level voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting program in the country - the California Climate Action Registry, as well as the first North American GHG registry - The Climate Registry. In 2009, she testified before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Science and Technology as an expert on GHG measurement and verification.

Jill’s experience in non-profit management has contributed to the establishment of four new non-profit organizations. In addition to her non-profit experience, she has also worked in the corporate and philanthropic sectors. Jill enjoyed bringing these diverse perspectives together to develop practical yet innovative solutions as the President of her own environmental consulting firm.

Jill currently serves as the Director, Innovative Partnerships at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, wherein she cultivates external partnerships that amplify the Foundation’s environmental mission. The Foundation is dedicated to protecting endangered species and habitats, as well as promoting innovative solutions to address climate change.

Mrs. Matteson has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara – Class of 1999.