PROJECT FINANCE/PRIVATE EQUITY: Most recently, Megan has been leading a privately financed cogeneration microgrid installation project at a wastewater utility in Southern California to provide clean back-up power during Public Safety Power Shut-offs, and reduce the flaring of natural gas. She has been instrumental in advancing the $138 MM Water Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act financing with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of Rialto Water Services LLC. She worked on the start up and first capital raise for the distributed intelligence microgrid model of Heila Technologies in a shared board seat. Megan was also instrumental in helping raise $172MM in buy-and-hold capital to close the nation’s first 30-year water-and-wastewater public-private partnership financing in Rialto, CA, where she continues to work closely with ULLICO, the Union Labor Life Insurance Co’s Infrastructure Fund as majority equity. She was lead partner on the first Progressive Design Build wastewater plant construction project inside a concession, reaching successful completion on budget and ahead of schedule. Megan was honored to be invited into the P3 and water tracks of President Obama’s Build America Investment Initiative, and into the Aspen Institute Water Forums.
DEMOCRACY: Matson has a long history in the political process and active democratic engagement. She is deeply committed to a democratic process and access to voting rights and inclusive representation. She worked as campaign director for SeeSay2020, a live heat mapping of election incidents on the ESRI platform, worked in Texas as part of the statewide Field campaign for Beto O’Rourke’s 2018 Senate race. Previously, Megan founded a national PAC called Mainstreet Moms that organized volunteer campaigns on voter registration, privacy, election integrity, community building and climate issues. Megan was one of the lead local organizers behind the launch of California’s first CCA local energy agency, Marin Clean Energy, now a model that serves 11 million customers. She was also Field Director for the win against PG&E’s $55MM state-wide ballot initiative against CCAs, and then helped launch LEAN Energy US, a non-profit furthering the development of CCAs nationally. Previously, she did grassroots organizing as a volunteer on the transformative Howard Dean presidential campaign and DNC Chair appointment.
OTHER: Megan was one of three Creative Directors at a 75-person agency in NY, marketing director for the outdoor gear start-up Sweetwater, Inc, independent creative for clients Leave No Trace, Kelty and Mountainsmith in Colorado, assistant to the Developer’s Rep on a $27MM town center construction project in Hawaii, a prep school history teacher and a polo instructor. Megan was formerly a Board member of the Bolinas Community Land Trust for Affordable Housing, The Infrastructure Alliance, and Strategic Energy Innovations, and writes rants occasionally at medium.com@matzon16.
Matson has a B.A. from Yale University and lives in Bolinas, CA with her family.