A lifelong resident of Prince George’s County, Matt Dernoga works for County Councilwoman Mary Lehman. In six years, he has helped to draft and pass over thirty pieces of legislation addressing quality of life, economic, environmental, housing, and food equity challenges faced in the county.
Matt’s passion is to create an economy not dependent on the exploitation of people or the planet. He has worked relentlessly to shape a decade of local and state leadership in environmental policy. While attending the University of Maryland, his student group successfully pressured the university to develop a climate action plan and create a student sustainability fee that annually funds hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to campus sustainability projects. Active in the Maryland Sierra Club, he advocated for statewide carbon emissions reductions, offshore wind, and a fracking ban.
In his work for Councilwoman Lehman, Matt’s proudest accomplishments are establishing the Rain Check Rebate program to provide financial assistance for clean water projects installed by residents and businesses, requiring clean energy on new and renovated county buildings, banning the sale and use of Styrofoam by businesses countywide, and urban agriculture tax credits and zoning reforms to jumpstart urban farming in the county.
Matt currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Maryland Sierra Club, the College Park Committee for a Better Environment, and is a member of Progressive Maryland and Prince George’s County Young Democrats. When not working, he enjoys running marathons, a game of cards, and time with friends and family.