SXSW Eco Advisory Board - Matthew Clayson
Director | Detroit Creative Corridor Center

Matt Clayson is Director of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center. In this capacity, Matt works with numerous stakeholders, practitioners and community leaders to develop a series of strategies targeted towards growing Detroit’s creative economy.

Matt is an active member of the Detroit community. He is a drafter of the Detroit Declaration and he is a founding member of Michigan Children’s Leadership Council. He serves on the boards for Creative Many Michigan and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance. He has also served on numerous advisory boards and taskforces including for Southwest Detroit Business Association, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, the Detroit Renaissance “Road to Renaissance” creative economy work group, the 2009 Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Mackinac Advisory Committee, The Center for Michigan’s “Michigan’s Defining Moment” Campaign, Detroit Synergy and the Detroit Yacht Club.

Matt, a licensed attorney in the State of Michigan, earned his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University in Detroit. He earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Political Theory from Michigan State University and completed coursework focusing on the political and economic structures of the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium. He is a 2015 German Marshall Fund Marshall Memorial Fellow.