The Dernogalizer

The Author

Owner- Matt Dernoga’s Intro


I’m currently a graduate student pursuing a Masters in Public Policy with a focus in environmental policy at the University of Maryland Public Policy Program. I’m have a Bachelors of Arts in Government and Politics from of the University of Maryland College Park. I blog largely about politics relating to energy, and the environment.

During my time as an undergraduate, I wrote bi-weekly opinion columns for our college paper The Diamondback on college, statewide, and Federal issues pertaining to energy and environment.  I’ve continued writing columns as a graduate student.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have my columns linked to and re-posted on other news and blogging websites, some of which you can find on my Me in the Media.

I’m the former Campaign Director of UMD for Clean Energy at the University of Maryland, and am still a member. My undergraduate time in college was full of climate activism including pressuring my university to commit to and finalize a climate action plan, petitioning to get the University School System of Maryland to commit to carbon neutrality by 2050, helping pass one strongest pieces of statewide global warming legislation in the country, pressuring federal leaders to pass federal climate legislation, and leading a campaign to push a green platform in our local city council elections while mobilizing students to vote in large numbers for candidates that supported it. On top of that, I’m a big political junkie.

This past summer and into mid-September,  I was the Campaign Director for Prince Georges County Council candidate Mary Lehman.  She was victorious in the Democratic Primary in a 5-way race, and faces no challenger in the general election.  It was a great experience working for a pro-environment candidate, and playing an important role in getting her elected.

Starting in December, I will be working full-time in Mary’s County Council office on legislative issues, and I’m very much looking forward to it.

This isn’t all my life though, just like err…90% of it! I’m a long distance runner, I love watching sports, I play poker etc…but there won’t be much in this blog about any of that.

Although it should be obvious, any posts I make on this blog are my views only, unless explicitly stated otherwise in the post.


  1. I love your site. Keep it up !

    Comment by knowledgetoday — March 30, 2009 @ 2:46 am | Reply

  2. Wow world change! Keep it up 🙂

    Comment by celticmusicfan — June 7, 2009 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

  3. Hey Matt – great site & thanks for reposting the article! Cheers, Glenn Hurowitz

    Comment by Glenn Hurowitz — June 24, 2009 @ 11:56 pm | Reply

  4. Great job! Keep it positive. Remember that you are standing on the shoulders of giants.


    Comment by jasondylan — July 4, 2009 @ 10:08 am | Reply

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    Comment by Bill Hawthorne — July 7, 2009 @ 10:52 am | Reply

  6. MOBBIES voting has begun. The Baltimore Sun has Maryland’s Outstanding Blogs contest up. I think the blog author has to request a badge to be eligible to be voted for. I’d like to vote for the Dernogalizer! Here is the MOBBIES web URL:

    Comment by Linda — September 28, 2009 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

  7. I love your site, I work for Ill Green Party candidate Tom Tresser, check him out! Love the Democracy For Sale Sign!

    Rock the World,

    Comment by eyesonwhitney — March 9, 2010 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

    • thanks!

      Comment by Matt Dernoga — March 9, 2010 @ 9:52 pm | Reply

  8. Matt
    great stuff ! need your help getting the word out to Marylanders about clean green energy
    contact me so we can work together

    Comment by Joan — July 28, 2010 @ 7:23 am | Reply

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