Matthew Palevsky

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"Matthew Palevsky is a movement entrepreneur and strategist at Purpose, an agency in Soho that deploys the collective power of millions of citizens and consumers to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Matthew comes to his work with both an activist and media background. He co-founded two drug policy reform organizations in Rhode Island, building a coalition that successfully lobbied for improved treatment-instead-of-incarceration policies and the legalization of medical marijuana. After graduating from Brown University, Matthew spent two years as a journalist covering the 2008 elections with a backpack and a video camera for The Real News Network before running the citizen journalism desk at The Huffington Post, where he organized over 22,000 volunteers to execute award-winning coverage of national and international news. In 2010, Matthew left The Huffington Post to lead Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a student-led organization that advocates for harm reduction policies on over 150 campuses across the US and in countries around the world, including the UK, Canada, Nigeria and Australia. Matthew also sits on the board of Threshold Foundation, is a founding board member of Runa LLC and a fellow at the Poynter Institute for Journalism. When not in the city he can usually be found on a surfboard or wandering across the Nevada desert."[1]


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  1. Louverture Films About, organizational web page, accessed December 2, 2014.