Matt Smith has a thorough understanding of both the political and public policy arenas. His background in both of these areas has given him valuable insight into the internal operations of government and the corporate worlds.
As a founding partner of SIMG with David Steele, the two have combined their unique skill sets to successfully assist a myriad of local, national and international clients. Matt currently manages strategic communications for a number of major and diverse clientele, including the Tohono O’odham Nation, Desert Diamond Casinos, Tucson Medical Center, the Large Binocular Telescope, the Arizona Department of Transportation and others. Matt also was the southern Arizona director for the successful Proposition 202 campaign, which was the largest campaign in Arizona history and will ensure the continuation of Indian gaming.
Matt began his career in government as a staff member for U.S. Senator James Exon concentrating on budget, tax and transportation issues. After assisting with the Senator’s 1990 re-election campaign, Matt went to work for Rahm Emanuel at The Research Group. As Vice-President of marketing and Washington operations, Matt was directly involved in over thirty high-profile political campaigns, including races on both the state and federal levels. He was also responsible for the firm’s governmental relations activities.
In 1993, Matthew founded The Smart Campaigns Company, a firm specializing in research and strategy for political campaigns across the country. In this position, he oversaw the company’s corporate and government relations departments and concentrated his efforts on research, new technology and devising communications strategies.
In his spare time Matt works with a number of non-profit and community interests. He has served on advisory boards with the National Parents Network on Disabilities, a national advocacy and support coalition for the disabilities community, as well as Desert Survivors and the Corpus Christi Church. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Tucson Community School and coached youth sports teams with his two children.