Palevsky, Matthew

Matthew Palevsky has leveraged the tools of large-scale civic engagement as both a journalist and an organizer. Over the past year he has worked with Purpose, Airbnb, Lyft and others to launch Peers, a platform for global organizing within the sharing economy. In its first four months, Peers has brought together over 100,000 people through campaigns and dinners to protect, mainstream and grow the nascent sharing economy. Matthew also serves as an advisor to Purpose, a global agency for social advocacy and online organizing. In collaboration with Purpose CEO Jeremy Heimans and Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, he co-founder and led unPAC, which brought together Americans from across the country and both sides of the aisle during the '12 Presidential Election to combat the corrupting influence of money in politics. Matthew began his career in Rhode Island where he founded two drug policy reform organization that won increased funding for addiction treatment and successfully legalize medical marijuana. He also served as Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, organizing activists on over 150 college campuses in the US to repeal harmful federal and state policies. Interested in the role mass media plays in political change, he brought the tools of online and offline organizing to the Fourth Estate as the Director of Citizen Journalism at The Huffington Post, where he developed new platforms for mass participation that allowed thousands of contributors to collaborate in the production of in-depth journalism. These award-winning projects focused on large-scale political events, from the rise of the Tea Party to the Iranian Revolution, and have been viewed by millions around the world.