Matt Mayer

President, Opportunity Ohio



  • Terrorism
  • National security
  • Politics
  • Competitive federalism
  • The Constitution
  • Right-to-work/jobs.

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att A. Mayer is the President of Opportunity Ohio and monthly columnist for U.S. News & World Report.

n his role, he develops strategic policy positions, advises policymakers on a wide-range of issues, designs and evaluates public opinion surveys, creates educational videos and collateral material aimed at key constituencies, engages with all elements of the media, conducts fact-finding missions, and speaks to groups in America and Europe on a variety of topics. Mayer led a nine-state campaign to stop the expansion of Medicaid, and has conducted strategic policy summits for top state and national groups. Opportunity Ohio’s targeted educational videos have received more than 13.5 million views on social media in the last eighteen months. Mayer accurately predicted the current budget deficit in Ohio, the enormous enrollment in Medicaid that surpassed government estimates, and Ohio’s continued mediocre private sector job market.

Mayer has written and spoken extensively on the importance of competitive federalism in renewing the American promise. Previously, Mayer served as a Visiting Fellow for the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. where he wrote extensively on national security issues. Mayer has worked in public policy and politics at both the state and federal levels. He was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where he provided DHS leaders with policy and operational advice as the Counselor to the Deputy Secretary, including participating in crisis management activities following Hurricane Katrina. He also 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 as the Deputy Director for the Department of Regulatory Agencies. He 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’s concept of restoring federalism received the runner-up prize in the 2012 Better Government Competition.

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. He also received the “Rising Star Award” from the Colorado Statesman for his work on political campaigns.

Mayer has written three books: The Founding Debate: Where Should the Power Over Our Lives Reside, 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). He has written articles for law reviews, public policy journals, and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and Politico; 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, ABC, NBC, 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 three children.

Recent Speaking

  • Heritage
  • AEI
  • SPN
  • The Liberty Foundation

Past Presentations

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