WHERE PEOPLE WORK TOGETHER COURAGEOUSLY, THEIR POTENTIAL IS UNLIMITED.
Matt Lehrman turned a career that started as an advocate for big business into a mission for all voices to be meaningfully heard.
His career started as a Washington, DC lobbyist and he pulled up stakes and moved to Arizona as a newlywed in 1988 where he joined the Citibank corporate sales team and later served as Marketing Director for Bank of Scottsdale.
Matt’s career turned toward nonprofit management in 1995 and, in the aftermath of the tragedy of 9/11, his experience in sales and public policy played a substantial role in founding Alliance for Audience & ShowUp.com, a non-profit organization with a collaborative audience development mission in service to Arizona’s arts and cultural sector.
Over a decade of pioneering leadership, Matt became widely sought after for inspiration and practical guidance in organizing multi-party collaborative initiatives.
Matt and his wife are empty-nesters whose children reside in New York and Boston. They enjoy spending time with Hope, their 14-year-old chocolate lab, as well as travels to Spain, Cuba, Israel, Italy, Scotland, England, Thailand, and France.
John’s enduring passion for community building is rooted in 35 years of service and leadership in local and regional government plus seven years providing strategic planning services and executive coaching to clients in the for-profit, not-for-profit and public sectors.
Before being named City Manager, John served in increasingly responsible roles within the City of Scottsdale - heading departments of Human Resources, Organizational Effectiveness and Transportation as well as being appointed Executive Director for Downtown Development where he facilitated an estimated $6 billion in public and private investment over a 4-year period.
John is the City's only two-time honoree of the Bill Donaldson Award recognizing excellence in leadership, innovation, risk-taking, team work, creative problem-solving and community service. As well, he was honored by the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors as "Citizen of the Year" for his important contributions to community building.