In Chapter 8 of 18 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, public affairs and communications strategist Matt Curtis answers "Why are Failures More Meaningful Learning Experiences Than Successes?" Curtis recalls a political campaign where one of his favorite candidates lost the race due to one small error. He notes how losing the race ultimately amplified the learning experience for those involved with the campaign. 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.