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GLOBAL TENNESSEE PODCAST
“Global Nashville with Karl Dean”
A Conversation with Matthew Wiltshire
Director, Nashville Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development
Recorded: April 4, 2019 at Belmont University
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ABOUT Matthew Wiltshire
Matthew A. Wiltshire (Matt)
Chief Strategy and Intergovernmental Affairs Officer
Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency
In April 2019, Matthew Wiltshire was named the Chief Strategy and Intergovernmental Affairs Officer for the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency in Nashville. In this capacity, Wiltshire is responsible for helping to guide Mayor David Briley’s $750 million affordable housing initiative, UnderOneRoof2029 (www.underoneroof2029.com).
Prior to joining MDHA, Wiltshire served for eight years as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development in Nashville. In this capacity, Wiltshire helped recruit companies to Nashville, including Amazon, AllianceBernstein, Lyft, Philips, Warner Music and Warby Parker. He also worked with companies that expanded operations in the city such as HCA, Bridgestone, UBS, Asurion and AIG. During Wiltshire’s time in this role, the unemployment rate in Davidson County fell from over 8% to 2.3%.
Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Wiltshire was a Director in the Investment Banking Group at Avondale Partners, a Nashville-based investment banking firm, and was a partner at NEST-TN, LLC, a venture capital firm. Prior to returning to Nashville to join Avondale, Wiltshire helped found Greenbridge Partners, a private capital firm in Greenwich, CT and was a principal at Compass Advisers, an investment banking boutique in New York City. Wiltshire began his investment banking career as an analyst with Montgomery Securities in San Francisco and in New York.
A Hume-Fogg Academic High School alumnus, Wiltshire graduated with a BA degree in government from Dartmouth College. He was a member of Dartmouth’s heavyweight crew team and won multiple awards at collegiate, national and international competitions. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Wiltshire served as the president of the board of Hands On Nashville and on the executive committee of the boards of the Center for Nonprofit Management and the Tennessee Justice Center. He enjoys running and cycling and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya. Matt is married to Crissy Wieck and has two sons, a daughter, two stepdaughters and a stepson.
ABOUT Karl Dean
Karl Dean was the 68th Mayor of Nashville and the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He was elected on Sept. 11, 2007 and was re-elected on Aug. 4, 2011. He completed his second term in office on September 25, 2015. He was the Democrat Party nominee for the office of Governor of Tennessee in 2018.
Dean first held public office when he was elected as Nashville’s Public Defender in 1990, a post he was re-elected to in 1994 and 1998. He served as Metro Law Director from 1999 to January 2007, when he resigned to run for the office of mayor. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt.
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