Matthew Stepp was the Executive Director of ITIF’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation (CCEI). Matthew researches, analyzes and comments on a number of issues related to climate and energy policy, including innovation ecosystems, renewable energy, carbon pricing, deployment subsidies, transportation technologies, international climate negotiations, the National Laboratories, the Department of Energy, ARPA-E, federal research, and the role of states in energy innovation.
He has testified before Congress and his work has appeared in various news and media outlets including the Washington Post, New York Times, MIT Technology Review, The Hill, Platts Energy Week, The Globalist, Ars Technica, E&E, National Journal, Bloomberg News, NPR, Forbes and Politico. He is also a regular columnist at Energy Trends Insider and The Energy Collective.
Matthew is also active in Millennial Generation policy and advocacy issues, most recently participating in the first Millennial Trains Project. Through the project Energy Innovation Across America, he toured leading energy ecosystems across the country and focused on state and federal policy issues impacting clean energy entrepreneurs and start-ups. In 2013, he was named to the inaugural advisory board of Spark Clean Energy, which aims to connect emerging energy scientists and engineers with the broader innovation community to address grand clean energy challenges.
Prior to joining ITIF, he was a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Fellow at the National Academies of Science where he worked with the Transportation Research Board to analyze light duty vehicle energy reduction policy strategies. He also served as Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute, where he focused on modernizing U.S. climate policies to centrally focus on innovation.
Matthew is a professional member of the American Meteorological Society, has a B.Sc. in Meteorology from Millersville University as well as a M.Sc. in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology.