Matt Curtis on How Great Advocates Can Advance Your Career

In Chapter 12 of 20 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, Matt Curtis answers "What Role Have Advocate and Sponsor Relatioships Played in Your Development?" Curtis shares how he has been fortunate to have not only great friends and mentors but also great advocates. He finds advocates help by taking initiative to open doors for opportunities that might otherwise be closed. This type of sponsor relationship boosts Curtis' confidence and fuels his desire to pay it forward and give back as an advocate.

Matt Curtis is the director of government relations at HomeAway Inc. Previously he was deputy to Austin mayors Lee Leffingwell and Will Wynn. He has represented the City of Austin at the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities. In 2011, Curtis joined the Harvard Kennedy School Urban Policy Advisory Board to work on national best practices facing American cities. He earned his bachelor's degree in radio, television and film from the University of North Texas.