Matthew Appelbaum was selected by the City Council in November 2011 to serve as the mayor of the City of Boulder. He has been on the Boulder City Council since 2007, most recently reelected to a four-year term in 2013. He was the interim mayor in 2009, and previously was a council member from 1987 to 1995, when he served as deputy mayor for four years.
Matt has been involved in civic activities for three decades, serving on a wide variety of city boards and committees that advised the council on such issues as transportation, budgeting and revenues, affordable housing, and parks and recreation. He has also served on the board of directors and as chair of PLAN-Boulder County and on the executive committee of the local chapter of the Sierra Club. His current interests on council range across a wide variety of issues including those just noted, land use and urban design, economic vitality, environmental protection, and a more recent emphasis on energy efficiency, potential municipalization of the city’s electric system, and long-term sustainability.
During his tenure on council, Matt has been particularly involved with regional, state, and national organizations. Matt currently represents Boulder on the Policy Committee of the Colorado Municipal League. On the national level, Matt serves on two committees of the National League of Cities, as vice-chair of the Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources Committee; and as vice-chair of the CityFutures Panel on Community and Regional Development.
From 1990 to 1995, he served as the city’s representative to the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and was instrumental in the creation of that group’s first regional plan and associated long-term policies. He has also served on the Regional Air Quality Council and the Boulder County Consortium of Cities.
Matt has been invited to speak on energy issues at the World Economic Forum, gave a major presentation on Boulder’s Open Space system to over 400 mayors in Japan at a conference held by the Ecosystem Preservation Society, and was invited to join a select group of cities representing the U.S. at the first European Green Capital Conference in Stockholm. He has also represented NLC on the Climate Ready Water Utilities Working Group, a committee created by the Environmental Protection Agency to recommend strategy for helping water utilities adapt to climate change.
Matt has lived in Boulder since 1976, working for several start-up companies as a computer software architect/developer/trainer. His wife, Joni – who has served on both the city’s Planning Board and Urban Renewal Authority – was an attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and is currently working at the General Services Administration in the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings. Matt is also active in green building activities, having helped design and build their passive-solar house, and as a LEED Accredited Professional.