Matt's expertise is strategic decision-making that demands consensus among multiple constituencies.
He founded and served as the longtime Executive Director of Alliance for Audience & ShowUp.com, a statewide marketing collaboration of Arizona's arts & cultural sector. More recently, he served as Interim Managing Director of Arizona Theatre Company, supplying crisis leadership through a period of dire financial, governance, and management instability.
As a speaker, Matt’s keynotes and workshops on customer engagement, audience development and civic participation instruct and inspire community, corporate, and cause-focused leaders. www.MattLehrman.com
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.
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