Matthew Harris was appointed Administrator of the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, from 2011–2018. An Iowa native, Harris earned a BA in Communications/Public Relations from the University of Northern Iowa.
Prior to joining the Iowa Arts Council, Harris worked in advertising sales for the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and later as Development Coordinator for the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, Iowa’s largest non-profit performing arts center.
Harris has previously served as a member of the Cedar Falls Community Main Street Board of Directors and currently serves as a board member for Character Counts in Iowa as well as the Les Hale Endowment Fund. Harris resides in Des Moines, Iowa.