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St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership hires new CEO from Salt Lake City

The St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership has hired Salt Lake City nonprofit administrator Jason Mathis as its new CEO. Photo via St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership
Published Jul. 18, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG — The nonprofit St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership on Wednesday said it has hired Jason Mathis as its new CEO.

Mathis has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience, including serving as executive director of the Downtown Alliance in Salt Lake City and working in communications, marketing and branding at the Salt Lake City convention and visitors bureau. In Utah, he worked on commercial and residential real estate projects, affordable housing, place-making and workforce development initiatives that together brought more than $5 billion in public and private investment to Salt Lake City.

"His experience and expertise will complement our existing leadership structure in the city and contribute to St. Petersburg's future and economic prosperity," St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership board chairwoman Melissa Seixas said in an announcement of Mathis' hire.

Mathis was selected after a national search conducted for the partnership by the firm HRS. Nonprofit and business leaders in Salt Lake City told their St. Petersburg counterparts that Mathis displayed leadership and an easy, collaborative working style in what one called an intense and politically charged job.

Mathis fills a position that came open in December when then-partnership CEO Joni James left for a new job as senior impact director for the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, the nonprofit that owns a 20 percent stake in Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. During the search, David Metz, a former administrator for both the city of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County, served as interim CEO.

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