Matt Blair

Matthew Blair is a partner in the firm Corcoran Partners, managing the lobbying practice and political operations arm of the firm, including candidate, issue, and corporate communications consulting.


With more than 20 years of state and local government relations and political campaign consulting experience, Matthew is highly skilled at developing strategies to achieve complex overall results and managing multiple, concurrent efforts that run parallel tracks and timelines. Among the many hats he wears, Matt is known for his successes in leading client strategy, funding acquisitions, increment planning, and communications strategy development at both the state and local levels.


Over the course of his career, Matthew has managed and participated in numerous statewide and local campaigns – from a multitude of city and county elected officials through the Tampa Bay region, including county commissioners, city council members, and sheriffs, to Florida House and Senate members.


Matthew got his start serving as a campaign manager for a State Senate campaign, and then served four years as a legislative assistant to Senator John Grant. Matthew was subsequently hired as political director for a successful statewide constitutional referendum campaign and then served as the executive director for a statewide grassroots organization, promoting Florida’s agriculture industry.


Matthew is actively involved in the community, serving as a member of the executive committee and board of directors, as well as the chairman of the audit committee for the Florida Aquarium. He also serves as a member of the development committee for Feeding Tampa Bay and is an active member of Idlewild Baptist Church.


Matthew attended the University of South Florida. Born and raised in Tampa, Matthew resides there with his wife, Tracey, and their four children, Caleb, Abigail, Joshua, and Ellie. In his free time, Matthew enjoys reading, fishing, hunting, riding ATVs, and skiing.

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Hello, My name is Alexia Nechayev. I am 25 years old and I am an alumna of Florida International University where I received my B.A. in Psychology. My future career goal is to be a Lawyer. I was in care for about one year from age 17 to 18. Prior to entering care, I only knew about the negative stigma regarding foster care and while in care that narrative was unfortunately my experience.

In school I felt like I was on display because my status in care was broadcast to other students and in my placement behavior was leveraged for “privileges” that should be a natural right of all children. Because I did not know my rights I did not know that what I was experiencing was wrong. Today this is exactly why I advocate, because I don’t want this to be the same for other youth who are experiencing foster care.

This is my second year on the FYS Statewide Board and I’m happy to be the Events and Meetings Chair this year because my main goal through advocacy is to reach as many people as possible. My favorite thing as a board member is to see how comfortable members become while working together. The community needs to know that youth in foster care are real people, going through some of the hardest moments of their life and youth need to know that their voice is powerful. I believe that we have to speak up and bring these issues to people’s attention so that they do not forget us. Advocacy, education and consistency is the only way.

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