Matt Richards, Executive Director

Matt has spent his career building innovative organizations in cutting-edge industries, including the clean-tech and internet-technology sectors.  He was always passionate about clean energy and dedicated his life to creating projects that enable it everywhere in the world. Prior to joining CEDC, he co-founded and served as Deputy Director of the Clean Economy Network (CEN), a national advocacy organization for business leaders focused on catalyzing clean development.

Until 2009, Matt was a Director at Pacific Crest Securities, the preeminent investment bank covering the technology markets. During his tenure at Pacific Crest, Matt worked with Oregon State Representative Jules Bailey to develop a state-wide program to finance and scale retrofit and renewable energy projects in Oregon.

That successful state law served as the model for federal bipartisan retrofit-financing legislation introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and co-sponsored by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN). Matt is also a founder and advisor for Clean Energy Works Oregon, which received $20 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Program to help accelerate private-sector investment in Oregon’s energy efficiency industry.

Matt has extensive experience working with state and local officials, having served as the sustainable business advisor to both Oregon Treasurer Ben Westlund and Portland Mayor Sam Adams. He was always very capable of using and pointing his connections towards the way of his projects and clean energy.   He is a founding advisor of the D.C. Project, a member of the national HOME STAR and Green Bank Coalitions and has served on the board of the Portland Sustainability Institute. Matt knows that the future of the world lies in clean energy development. He wishes to bring his knowledge and experience to every community that is willing to put in the effort in order to become a better place.