Next Generation Public Affairs (NGPA) is a Chicago-based, full-service public affairs firm providing clients with comprehensive and technologically sophisticated government affairs, issue advocacy and media relations strategies. In an innovative approach to public affairs, NGPA also offers a practice group experienced in sourcing capital and structuring large-scale public-private partnership projects.
Co-Founder and Principal
Bob Fitzsimmons has over 25 years of complex transactional & regulatory experience, as a strategy consultant, investor & compliance advisor. In various positions during his career, Bob has gained extensive substantive experience in government relations, technology, real estate, gaming, sports, insurance, entertainment, energy, finance, infrastructure and various related regulatory matters.
Over the years, Bob has advised or structured public & private entities, including public-private partnerships & non-profits, investing billions in capital and doing business around the world, including virtually every U.S. jurisdiction, UK, Europe, Korea, India, China, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Canada, Mexico and Latin America.
Bob holds degrees from Harvard Law School (Juris Doctor, cum laude), from Northwestern University (Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, majoring in Mathematical Methods & Economics), and from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (Masters in Public Policy, with emphasis on Government & Business Regulation). He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.
Among his civic & industry activities, Bob served or serves as co-chair of the Government Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Council (Chicago), Member of the Infrastructure Committee of World Business (Chicago), General Counsel/Member of the International Executive Committee of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (Washington, DC), Board Member/Statewide Coordinator, Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (Chicago & Springfield), Trustee/General Counsel, Preservation Action (Washington, DC) and Board of Advisors, Northwestern University, School of Education & Social Policy (Evanston).
Bob is married to Sheila Fitzsimmons, a principal in several real estate investment & development firms. They have four adult children and have lived in the Chicago area or on the East Coast throughout their careers.
Co-Founder and Principal
Matt Strawn is a founding principal of Next Generation Public Affairs, Inc., a Midwestern-based public affairs firm. Matt has had decades of experience as an entrepreneur, communications professional, public servant and a business and community leader. Strawn specializes in developing and managing messaging, media and public relations campaigns for corporations, non-profit organizations, trade associations, and small businesses.
During a successful career on Capitol Hill, Matt served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), a member of the power House Energy and Commerce Committee. During his public service career on Capitol Hill, Matt was twice-named by The Hill newspaper as one of the “top 35 under 35” in Washington, DC. Matt returned home to Iowa in 2007 with his wife to raise their young family.
As a community leader, Matt was elected to two terms as chairman of Iowa’s Republican Party, where his leadership and success received state and national attention. Politico named Matt an “emerging political star” to watch, while the Des Moines Register said to “Credit Strawn with GOP’s rebound” in Iowa. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad noted that “the Republican Party of Iowa has been stronger, more visible and imminently more successful since Matt Strawn became our leader.”
Matt’s business-like approach to leading the Iowa GOP yielded incredible results, including an unprecedented increase in party voter registration, record-breaking fundraising, and historic election victories. Matt’s communication skills and public relations efforts were instrumental in protecting Iowa’s First in the Nation status as he negotiated three nationally-televised, prime time presidential debates and was a fixture on national media programs, ranging from NBC’s Meet the Press to Fox News Sunday, advocating for Iowa’s role in the presidential nomination process.
As a business leader, Matt is an equity partner and serves on the boards of multiple technology and software companies. He also played a lead role to bring professional football to Iowa. In 2007, he and his business partners recruited an ownership group to bring the Iowa Barnstormers to downtown Des Moines. Since the team’s return in 2007, the Barnstormers organization is consistently recognized as one of the best operated and successful franchises in the Arena Football League. Matt subsequently sold his interest in the team in 2013.
Matt is a graduate of the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law (J.D. 2003), where he graduated first in his law school class; the University of Iowa (B.A. 1996); and, Benton Community High School (Van Horne, Iowa), where he is a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Matt serves on the Board of Directors for a number of privately-held technology companies, the Des Moines Area Sports Commission, and the non-profit Iowans Supporting Israel. Matt is a member in good standing of the Maryland State Bar Association. Matt resides with his wife, Erin, and their three children in Ankeny, Iowa.