Class of 1996
Major/Minor: Environmental Studies
Matt works for the Environmental Defense Fund in Washington, DC. He began his career with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in 1995 as a summer intern and in 1997 was hired as a full time field educator. Over the next ten years, Mr. Mullin gained senior level positions within CBF, finally holding the position of Director of Operations. Mr. Mullin sat on the Education Senior Management Team as well as the department’s Agenda Setting Team and many of the organization’s interdepartmental initiative teams.
In July 2007, Mr. Mullin co-founded the Willow Oak Group, LLC, an environmental consulting firm based in Annapolis, MD offering services in developing innovative, professional solutions to complex problems. The company specializes in providing program support and program development in the education, management and habitat conservation sectors, and developing and growing enterprising ventures in the environmental markets and renewable energy sectors.
In November 2007, Mr. Mullin was hired as the Maryland Director for the Chesapeake Bay Commission. The Commission is a tri-state legislative authority that advises the General Assemblies of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia as well as the U.S. Congress in developing sound policies and law related to the Chesapeake Bay. Mr. Mullin directed all Commission initiatives in Maryland on science, policy and legislative matters, and directly advised members of the Maryland General Assembly and Maryland members of the U.S. Congress. In addition, his responsibilities included researching and analyzing environmental issues and regularly briefing Commission members, government leaders, and other Chesapeake Bay stakeholders.
In May of 2010, Mr. Mullin was hired by the Environmental Defense Fund as their Chesapeake Bay Director in their Oceans Program, a position he currently holds. In this capacity, Mr. Mullin directs and oversees all EDF Oceans Program activity in the Chesapeake Bay. This work focuses on providing market-based solutions to complex Chesapeake Bay fishery issues by working with various stakeholders to help restore the Bay’s key fish populations, protect important fishery habitat, and revitalize the Bay’s marine ecosystems.
Mr. Mullin is a member of the National Scholars Honor Society, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Biology from Washington College in Chestertown, MD, a graduate-level Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University, and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Sciences & Policy from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He served on Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s Transition Team, which served to advise the Governor-elect in transition to gubernatorial office. He holds numerous professional memberships and appointments, including Chair of Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society Advisory Board and the College’s Alumni Board, and is Co-Chair of the Washington College Annapolis Alumni Chapter.
Matt enjoys trail running, canoeing and kayaking, both downhill and cross-country skiing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, and actively competes in adventure racing and off-road triathlons. He and his wife, Karen, reside outside of Annapolis, MD with their daughters, Maggie and Catie, and Border collie, Jackson.