Our Team/Matthew Malina

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​Matthew Malina

Executive Director and Founder

As Executive Director, he initiated its tour, lecture, field trip and beach cleanup programs. Malina is a native New Yorker who studied engineering at the University of Virginia, graduating with a bachelors and masters in Applied Math. After working as a public school teacher and tutor from 2001 - 2009, Matt founded H2O in 2009. Malina’s keen interest in water partly derives from his past school career as a competitive swimmer and triathlete.  

Malina led NYC H2O in its most ambitious project, the protection and preservation of the Ridgewood Reservoir. H2O wrote the successful Historic Register Nomination for the Reservoir, and the site was officially listed on Dec 7, 2017.