Matt Brown

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"Matt Brown is founder of Global Zero, the international movement for the elimination of all nuclear weapons. Since its launch in Paris in December 2008, Global Zero has grown to 300 leaders and more than 450,000 citizens worldwide; developed a step-by-step plan to eliminate nuclear weapons; built an international student movement with 100 campus chapters in ten countries; and produced an acclaimed documentary film, Countdown to Zero, with the team behind An Inconvenient Truth. Matt is the former Secretary of State of Rhode Island (2002-2006) and Executive Director of City Year Rhode Island, a national service program." [1]

He "was sworn into office as Secretary of State of Rhode Island on January 7, 2003. At age 23, he helped start City Year in Rhode Island, the first expansion site of the model national service program. As Executive Director of City Year Rhode Island, he built a statewide organization that puts a corps of diverse young people to work each year in full-time community service. Brown founded the Democracy Compact (now known as Vote for America), a voter education program that dramatically increased voter participation in Rhode Island in 2000, including a record 41% increase among young voters. Vote for America has been adopted by Common Cause and is expanding across the country. Brown was raised in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated from Columbia University and Yale Law School.“ [1]


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  1. Namati People, organizational web page, accessed October 1, 2012.

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