Matthew Stepka — Vice President, Social Impact, Google.org

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Since joining Google in 2007, Matthew has led efforts in areas ranging from expanding Internet access, developing clean energy, and extending Google’s footprint in emerging markets. He oversaw an investment in a planned constellation of satellites (O3b) to provide Internet access to remote and underserved regions, as well as work with the FCC to develop technology to dynamically manage wireless spectrum to improve connectivity. He incubated internet access businesses, including Google Fiber (gigabit home service in the US) and Project Link (fiber metro ring in Kampala, Uganda).  Matthew helped to drive Google’s commitment of over $1 billion of investments in renewable energy projects capable of generating 2 gigawatts of power, as well as projects to reduce Google’s environmental footprint through onsite renewables and energy efficiency measures. He led efforts to establish Google Ideas, a think/do tank addressing global challenges such as violent extremism and illicit networks through research, seeding initiatives, and convenings. Matthew helped launch Google in Sub-Saharan Africa, opening 5 offices in the region.

Prior to joining Google, Matthew served as Vice President, Pharmacy for drugstore.com, a leading online health and beauty retailer, and Chief Operating Officer for WorldRes NA, an online hotel reservations network. He was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and Price Waterhouse. Matthew also co-founded CyberJava, one of the first Internet cafes, and was a freelance game and software programmer.

Matthew holds a Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Engineering and Management from Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of the California State Bar.

Social Media:

Twitter – @mstepka

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