Author, Teacher, Outdoor Enthusiast
Mike Matson is Director of Industry Affairs & Development for Kansas Farm Bureau, a non-profit farm organization that works to strengthen agriculture and the lives of Kansans through advocacy, education and service.
Matson has more than 30 years of professional communication and systems experience. His career has spanned three somewhat similar, but distinct fields – journalism, politics,and advocacy.
As a reporter, he covered politics and government for a Topeka TV station and later served as Communications Director and Press Secretary for Governor Bill Graves. Mike also managed marketing and outreach for the Kansas Leadership Center, a Wichita-based philanthropy which enhances the capacity of individuals and teams within organizations.
An expert in systems behavior, in Kansas Farm Bureau, Mike manages relationships and partnerships. He’s currently managing the farm organization’s 21st century strategic planning.
Mike has written, produced and directed a series of award-winning television documentaries on subjects ranging from expectations in civic life, rural populations and farm animal welfare.
Matson’s active in his community, serving as Chair of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce Business Advocacy Committee and on the Board of Trustees of the Sunflower Foundation, a Topeka-based statewide philanthropy, which serves as a catalyst to improve the health of Kansans.
He is also a columnist and author. Matson writes a twice-monthly opinion column for the Manhattan Mercury. He wrote a creative nonfiction family memoir about his father’s troubled childhood with alcoholic parents, and he’s currently writing another one, lifting up traits and behaviors associated with addiction, by chronicling his own early adulthood.
Mike and his wife reside in Manhattan, Kansas.