In Chapter 18 of 18 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, public affairs and communications strategist Matt Curtis answers "How Has Better Understanding How to Negotiate Advanced Your Career?" Early in his career, Curtis thought negotiation was about pushing people over and getting his way. Working in politics, Curtis notes this end result typically creates a public good or positive outcome for the community. Over time, he learns to find a resolution point where both sides feel good about the outcome. Curtis is the communications director for Austin mayor Lee Leffingwell. Curtis' charity work includes affiliations with Capital Area Food Bank, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Students of the World, the Rainforest Project and the Art Alliance. In 2011, Curtis won "Austinite of the Year" in the Austin Under 40 Awards. He earned his bachelor's degree in radio, television and film from the University of North Texas.