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Matthew Cannon

Campaign & Policy Associate Director for Sierra Club Maine

Don’t Leave Rural America behind; Policy Changes needed for an Equitable Clean Energy Future

Matt Cannon joined Sierra Club Maine in June 2019 and was promoted to Campaign & Policy Associate Director in March 2020. In his position, Matt works closely with the Legislative, Political, Energy, and Woods teams. Prior to his involvement with this organization, Matt received a dual major in government and sociology at Connecticut College before joining AmeriCorps in 2011. He served on Cape Cod where he developed an abiding passion for the unique landscape and our collective human responsibility to care for it. This led him to pursue work with both the Harwich Conservation Trust and the Chatham Conservation Foundation where he served in many capacities over the years, including Executive Director, Stewardship Director, and community outreach coordinator. During this time, he also served as an Executive Committee-member for the Cape & Islands Group of Sierra Club Massachusetts, and on several additional boards and committees focused on climate change mitigation and public education. Following his relocation to Maine, Matt volunteered with Sierra Club Maine’s Legislative Team. He took on the position of Communications Specialist within the organization in June of 2019 before assuming his current role this past spring. Matt’s love and deep respect for our planet were instilled in him by his father who gave him a membership to the Sierra Club at a young age. Matt is intent on using his privilege to protect our planet and create a more just and sustainable future. He lives in Yarmouth with his wife and is currently pursuing his master’s in Public Policy from Tufts University’s Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Program, to be completed in December of 2020.

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