Dr. Matthew Wheeler serves as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Wheeler Company (Wheeler Co). Dr. Wheeler brings a skilled background in government relations, political affairs and strategic management to Wheeler Co. and our accomplished clients.

Dr. Wheeler started his career as a Senate Fellow in the California State Senate. While concurrently completing graduate school, Dr. Wheeler stayed on as Senate staff serving two members of the legislature and staffing their policy agendas.

Following his time as legislative staff, Dr. Wheeler served as a legislative advocate representing a myriad of interests, including; small businesses, psychologists, independent hotel owners, health care, local government, mortgage brokers, roofing contractors, and local building departments. This wide policy base gives Wheeler Co. clients a particular advantage and escalated level of political and policy comprehension.

Not a stranger to the political arena, Dr. Wheeler has been appointed to multiple posts over the course of his career. Dr. Wheeler has served as the Producer of the California Republican Party’s convention since 2014. In 2016, he served as the Delegation Director for the California Delegation to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. In this capacity, Dr. Wheeler was responsible for the organization of the largest delegation to the nominating convention. In earlier professional roles, Dr. Wheeler served as an Alternate Delegate and the Transportation Director to the New York City convention in 2004 (President George W. Bush). In 2008, Dr. Wheeler was again appointed Alternate Delegate to the Minneapolis convention (Senator John McCain of Arizona).

In 2012, Dr. Wheeler joined the University of Southern California (USC) Price School of Public Policy faculty as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Wheeler instructs courses in public administration, advocacy and political leadership at the main campus in Los Angeles, the State Capitol center in Sacramento, and online.

Dr. Wheeler holds a Bachelors Degree (BA) in International Relations from the University of San Diego; a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) and a Doctoral Degree in Policy, Planning and Development (DPPD), both from the University of Southern California. In addition to formal course work within the United States, Dr. Wheeler has also studied diplomacy and western European affairs abroad at the Institut d'études politiques d'Aix-en-Provence (IEP) in Aix-en-Provence, France, and has also completed internships with the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and the United States House of Representatives.

Dr. Wheeler resides in Sacramento with his wife Katie and their young children, Elizabeth and Michael. In their spare time, they enjoy travel, friends and family. Dr. Wheeler can regularly be heard as a guest political commentator on KWFB in Los Angeles and KFBK in Sacramento.

 
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