Meet the Team

Alex Matthiessen


Alex is a Brooklyn native, an environmentalist, and a seasoned campaign strategist known for building consensus and shaping new solutions to complex challenges. He’s spent the past 25 years leading large-scale environmental stewardship initiatives across sectors, including a decade building New York’s leading clean water nonprofit, Riverkeeper, into an advocacy powerhouse. Alex has served as advisor to New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer’s transition team, directed grassroots programming at the Rainforest Action Network, and served as a politically appointed special assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. At Interior, he directed a multi-agency, multi-stakeholder task force charged with reforming the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s hydropower relicensing process. Alex also developed and launched Green Energy Parks, a joint program of the National Park Service and Department of Energy, for which he received a White House Presidential Award. Blue Marble Project represents the culmination of these experiences, and Alex is proud to lead his team of collaborators in service of our big blue marble.

Michelle Cordray

Business & Project Manager

Originally hailing from Utah, Michelle is the project manager for Blue Marble Project , whose passion for environmental issues has driven her work over the years. Her background includes communications work for clients like the American Red Cross, the United Nations, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Earth Institute, as well as work in business administration, web production, and event management in the corporate sector. She attended Yale as an undergraduate and earned an MA in the Climate and Society program at Columbia University. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the firm, Michelle helps guide client projects to success.

Photo courtesy NASA's Earth Observatory