Matt Strawn was appointed CEO of the Iowa Lottery in January 2019. He is an Iowa native and a business entrepreneur with an extensive background in public relations.

Matt, 45, was a leader in bringing the Iowa Barnstormers, an Arena Football League (AFL) franchise, to downtown Des Moines and was a co-founder of Next Generation Public Affairs. He was raised on his family’s farm in Benton County before graduating from the University of Iowa in 1996 and earning his law degree in 2003 from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. Matt and his family reside in Des Moines’ historic East Village.