Jason Mathis is a lifelong resident of Salt Lake City and a longtime leader in Utah’s nonprofit community. His professional experience spans two decades in urban development, healthcare and tourism.
Since 2008, Jason has served as executive director of Salt Lake City’s Downtown Alliance. In this role, he oversees all aspects of Downtown Alliance programs, helping to build a dynamic and diverse downtown that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment. The Alliance creates community events, promotes downtown Salt Lake City and advocates for public policies that encourage smart urban growth. During his tenure, the Alliance has helped to influence more than $5 billion worth of public and private investment in Salt Lake City’s central business district. Jason also leads policy initiatives for immigration and urban development for the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest business organization where he also serves as the organization’s executive vice president.
Jason has a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in public administration. Both degrees are from the University of Utah. He is the past president of the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, and past chair of the Better Business Bureau of Utah. Jason currently serves on the boards of the National Immigration Forum, the US Global Leadership Coalition, Visit Salt Lake, the Utah AIDS Foundation, Homeless Services Site Evaluation / Collective Impact Steering Committee, Utah Hotel Lodging Association and Convention Facilities Advisory Board. He serves as the vice chair of GREENbike – Salt Lake’s bike sharing system, LDS Hospital’s Community Advisory Board and the Utah Performing Arts Center Agency.
His previous work includes a dozen years at the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau where he directed the organization’s communications efforts and four years as media strategist and spokesman for Intermountain Healthcare, a national leader in nonprofit health care.
Jason is the recipient of the Professional Communicator of the Year Award from the Public Relations Society of America and the 40 Under 40 Award from Utah Business Magazine. He is also a fellow with the International Downtown Association. In 2013 he was named a White House Champion of Change for helping to draft The Utah Compact. Jason lives near the University of Utah where he teaches classes on negotiation and collaborative management as an adjunct faculty member.