Public & Government Affairs
With more than a decade of experience in state government, public affairs and international public affairs, Matt Creel served as staff for five sessions in the Texas Legislature. During that time, he was responsible for developing and executing legislative agendas, preparing legislators for voting, managing staff, directing constituent casework and handling media inquiries.
As a House staff member, Matt has served as the Legislative Director as well as Chief of Staff for several legislators. He also served his bosses as the lead staff member for their work on the Insurance, Licensing, Human Services and Energy committees as well as the Senate Transportation Committee. In 2017, Matt was named as one of the top 25 Rising Star Lobbyists by Mike Hailey’s Capitol Inside.
In 2009, Matt enjoyed a short-term assignment to the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to writing speeches for United States diplomats, Matt also monitored international reactions to Presidential speeches and United States Policy actions, coordinated briefings on human trafficking prevention, aided in various security threat assessments and completed projects as needed.
In 2013, Matt worked for the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. He worked on teams performing top-to-bottom performance evaluations of state agencies; in particular the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Workforce Investment Council. His primary areas of focus were reviewing state policies on nursing home facilities and quality of care, career and technical schools, the Texas Skills Development Fund and Unemployment Insurance and benefit overpayments.
Originally from the Fort Worth/Mid-Cities areas, Matt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of North Texas. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a specialization in National Security Policy, as well as a Graduate Certificate in International Affairs from the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.