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Matt Strawn is a founding principal of Next Generation Public Affairs, Inc., a Midwestern-based public affairs firm. Matt has had decades of experience as an entrepreneur, communications professional, public servant and a business and community leader. Strawn specializes in developing and managing messaging, media and public relations campaigns for corporations, non-profit organizations, trade associations, and small businesses.

During a successful career on Capitol Hill, Matt served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. During his public service career on Capitol Hill, Matt was twice-named by The Hill newspaper as one of the “top 35 under 35” in Washington, DC. Matt returned home to Iowa in 2007 with his wife to raise their young family.

As a business leader, Matt is an equity partner and serves on the boards of multiple technology and software companies. He also played a lead role to bring professional football to Iowa. In 2007, he and his business partners recruited an ownership group to bring the Iowa Barnstormers to downtown Des Moines. Since the team’s return in 2007, the Barnstormers organization is consistently recognized as one of the best-operated and successful franchises in the Arena Football League. Matt subsequently sold his interests in the team in 2013.

Matt is a graduate of the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law (J.D. 2003), where he graduated first in his law school class; the University of Iowa (B.A. 1996); and, Benton Community High School (Van Horne, Iowa), where he is a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Matt serves on the Board of Directors for a number of privately held technology companies, the Des Moines Area Sports Commission, and the non-profit Iowans Supporting Israel. Matt is a member in good standing of the Maryland State Bar Association. Matt resides with his wife, Erin, and their three children in Ankeny, Iowa.