Matt A. Mayer
Matt A. Mayer serves as President of Opportunity Ohio and as the Chief Operating Officer with The Liberty Foundation of America.
In December 2013, Mayer’s book The Founding Debate: Where Should the Power Over Our Lives Reside came out, joining Taxpayers Don’t Stand a Chance: How Battleground Loses No Matter Who Wins (and What to Do About It) and Homeland Security and Federalism: Protecting America from Outside the Beltway (with Foreword by the Honorable Edwin Meese III).
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 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 came to DHS from Colorado, where he served Governor Bill Owens as Deputy Director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies. Mayer codeveloped Colorado’s Regulatory Notice system which 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 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 was recognized as a Public Service Fellow. He has written articles for law reviews, public policy journals, and newspapers; given testimony to the U.S. Congress, the Texas House and Senate, and the Ohio House and Senate; and has appeared on Fox News, C-SPAN, and other major media outlets.
Mayer graduated from the University of Dayton and received his law degree from the Ohio State University College of Law. Mayer resides in Dublin, Ohio, with his wife and three children.