Matt Grager serves as the Development Director for Project Drawdown, leading all fundraising efforts beginning in February 2018. His diverse nonprofit and social justice background includes experience in fundraising, communications, marketing, and program development, an ideal fit for Project Drawdown's small team and broad impact.
Starting in 2015, Matt led the climate change program at WildAid, one of the world's leading environmental communication organizations. Under his leadership, the program grew into one of the furthest reaching and most visible climate-related behavior change campaigns in the world. Celebrity-driven TV, billboard, and online messages advocating for sustainable living, including plant-rich diets and green transportation, reached hundreds of millions of consumers across China annually, with the help of over $100 million in pro bono media exposure. From 2011-2015, Matt developed and led the disaster resilience program at Give2Asia. That program continues to help communities at risk of natural disasters and climate change by supporting, training, and funding local NGOs and educating international philanthropists on the subject.
After two years teaching English as a foreign language in Istanbul, Turkey and Jeju, South Korea, Matt reluctantly repatriated in 2011, but his passion for exploring new places and cultures remains. He has a degree in print journalism from Chapman University and previously worked as a sports reporter for The Orange County Register. When not traveling abroad, he enjoys hiking, biking, writing, and cooking.
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