Matthew Stepka leads social impact efforts at Google, including Google.org, Google Giving, Google Ideas, Google Green, Elections & Politics, Google for Nonprofits and Crisis Response.
Since joining Google in 2007, Stepka 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. Stepka 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. Stepka helped launch Google in Sub-Saharan Africa, opening 5 offices in the region.
Prior to joining Google, Stepka served as vice president, Pharmacy for drugstore.com and chief operating officer for WorldRes NA. Matthew also co-founded CyberJava, one of the first Internet cafes, and was a freelance game and software programmer.
Matthew holds a JD from UCLA School of Law, and BS degrees in computer engineering and management from Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of the California State Bar.