• REGIONAL ECONOMIC STRATEGY SUMMIT, Nov. 6, 8:00am - 11:00am, Bay Area Council Headquarters, San Francisco
  • BAC TRAVELS TO SEATTLE, November 22-24, Seattle, WA
  • 21st CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE: ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING, Dec. 7, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Bay Area Council Headquarters, San Francisco

Senior Advisor


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Matt Gardner is a Senior Advisor to the Bay Area Council, where he leads the Bay Area Council’s engagement with industry on cybersecurity.

Matt was recently a Senior Vice President at TechAmerica, and previously served as Managing Director of the San Francisco office for the MSL division of the Publicis Groupe. Prior to that, Matt was President and CEO of BayBio, where he led an organizational transformation resulting in expanded industry engagement in the community and with government. He is a frequent advisor to other regions, states and nations on the best practices of building innovation clusters. He has spoken on these topics from the Netherlands to Australia.

He has been a director and advisor of several start-ups since 1999, including The Patent & License Exchange, Jujama, Bioxiness, Farmatic Inc., Cornerstone Integrated Solutions, and others.

Matt has had the privilege of serving as founder and chair of the life science advisory boards to two members of the United States Congress (Lee, CA 9, Speier CA 12). He also serves on advisory boards for two Tier One research universities, the University of California at Davis and the University of Maryland College Park. He serves on the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board.
Matt previously served the State of California on the Biotechnology Advisory Board of the California Commission for Economic Development, and on the board of the California Association for Local Economic Development.

Matt has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, in the Graduate School of Management. He is an occasional contributor and special correspondent to the weekly radio program Tech Nation, heard on NPR, SiriusXM, and in more than 170 countries through American Forces Radio.

He is chairman of the board of Seeding Labs, a non-profit based in Cambridge, Massachusetts which improves science capacity at institutions in the developing world.

Matt earned his B.A. in political science and M.A. in economic history from the University of San Diego.