Matt A. Mayer is the President of Provisum Strategies where he provides strategic and tactical political and policy advice to public and private-sector clients. Mayer's latest book, Taxpayers Don't Stand a Chance: How Battleground Ohio Loses No Matter Who Wins (and What To Do About It), is scheduled for release in September 2012. Mayer also serves as a Visiting Fellow with The Heritage Foundation, America’s top think tank, where he writes and speaks on national security issues and heads the Homeland Security and the States project. Mayer’s book, Homeland Security and Federalism: Protecting America from Outside the Beltway (with Foreward by the Honorable Edwin Meese III), argues for reversing the federalization of homeland security by returning power to states and localities.
Additionally, Mayer served as the President of the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Ohio’s top free market think tank. Under Mayer’s leadership, the Buckeye Institute went from a nearly bankrupt and irrelevant entity to a debt-free and influential trendsetter, with over 20 positive editorial cites from Ohio's major newspapers. Having traveled over 14,000 miles criss-crossing Ohio and digging into the fiscal conditions of hundreds of local governments, his understanding of Ohio and its political and fiscal condition is unparalleled. At the Buckeye Institute, Mayer also launched an innovative, best-in-class website attracting over 6 million data searches and released several game-changing reports on how best to fix Ohio, including on reducing Ohio’s costly governments, reforming criminal justice and Medicaid programs, transforming government pensions for today’s economy, and reinvigorating Ohio’s systemically weak private sector.
Before joining the Buckeye Institute, Mayer served as a highly rated Adjunct Professor at The Ohio State University where he taught a course comparing responses within the transatlantic alliance to terrorist threats. Mayer was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the leadership of Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff where he provided DHS leaders with policy and operational advice as the Counselor to the Deputy Secretary and where he headed the $3.5 billion terrorism preparedness office charged with developing initiatives to transform America to meet the demands of a post-9/11 environment. Mayer played a central role in the crisis management of the new department, with Congressional Quarterly profiling him in its "Players" column.
Mayer came to DHS from Colorado where he served Governor Bill Owens as the Deputy Director for the Department of Regulatory Agencies, a $68 million cabinet agency with 520 employees in nine divisions, including the Public Utilities Commission; the Divisions of Banking, Financial Services, Securities, Insurance, and Real Estate; and Civil Rights. Mayer co-developed Colorado’s Regulatory Notice system that utilizes electronic mail to notify stakeholders of all proposed regulations before those regulations become final. The Regulatory Notice system earned the Denver Business Journal’s 2003 “Innovative Product/Service Award” for making government more transparent and accountable. Mayer successfully guided the department through budget cuts without laying off any employees or sacrificing service to customers. Prior to joining Governor Owens’ team, Mayer served as a deputy in U.S. Senator Wayne Allard’s sucessful reelection effort in 2002, and ran a widely hailed congressional campaign for a first-time candidate. As a result of his campaign work, the Colorado Statesman selected Mayer for its 2002 Colorado “Rising Star Award.”
Mayer was a 2007 Lincoln Fellow with The Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and a 2006 American Marshall Memorial Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. In September 2005, The Ohio State University Alumni Association awarded Mayer the William Thompson Oxley Award for early career achievement. At the age of 29, the Denver Business Journal recognized Mayer as one of Colorado’s young leaders by naming him to its “Forty Under 40” list. In 1997, Mayer was the recipient of the ABA-BNA Excellence in Labor & Employment Law Award, and recognized as a Public Service Fellow. He has written articles for law reviews, public policy journals, and newspapers, including The New York Times, the Washington Examiner, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Columbus Dispatch; given testimony to the U.S. Congress; the Texas House and Senate, and the Ohio House and Senate; and appeared on Fox News, C-SPAN, NBC4, ONN, and other major media outlets.
Mayer graduated cum laude from the University of Dayton, with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology, and received his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law where he was the Editor in Chief of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.