Strategic Partnerships Inc. (SPI) Consultant Matt Watson served as Metropolitan Council member for the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the Parish of East Baton Rouge from 2017 to 2020. In that position, Matt worked with fellow elected officials to create public policy, vote on land usage changes, and approve public contracts and spending. This includes an annual municipal budget of $1 billion for a city/parish of 456,000.
In addition to his regular duties as councilmember, Matt served on the Industrial Tax Exemption Committee, which created the local guidelines for the state’s most effective industrial tax incentive. Matt also served on the Baton Rouge Film Commission, which allowed him to work with producers to bring films and television series to the Baton Rouge metropolitan area.
His work in the construction industry as lead sales for a concrete manufacture and delivery firm doing business with residential and commercial builders across the nine-parish capital area has allowed Matt to build relationships with industry partners and regulatory organizations.
In 2021, he served as executive director of Building Hope Louisiana, an organization that assists victims of residential fires. Through the years, he has served on numerous boards.
Matt holds a bachelor’s degree from the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.