Matt Curtis is the founder of Smart City Policy Group, a team of consultants working with cities around the world on innovative solutions in the New Economy. Matt is a former right hand to the past two Austin mayors, and he gained extensive experience in municipal government and local politics by working on a broad variety of initiatives and best practices in a rapidly changing city. He is a trained facilitator with 15 years of expertise in helping connect potentially conflicting interests to create effective policy. Most recently, he served as head of global government affairs and public policy for HomeAway/Expedia, where he worked with governments and local communities around the world to create best practices and effective policies. He has served on the United States Conference of Mayors Business Council, the National League of Cities Corporate Council, the Sharing Economy Advisory Network, and the Travel Technology Association Board. Curtis currently serves on the Vacation Rental Management Association Board. His team at Smart City Policy Group includes former policymakers and thought leaders with extensive backgrounds in local governments.