Government & Public Affairs

Matthew R. Veeh
Director of Government & Public Affairs

Matthew Veeh is the Director of Government & Public Affairs for the Long Beach Water Department.  He reports directly to the Department's General Manager.

Mr. Veeh is responsible for all communication, media relations and public opinion as it relates to water supply, use, quality, safety, cost and distribution, including actions of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners.  He is also responsible for directing all legislative and general governmental liaison activities before the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal and State Government, and serves as the Department's principal liaison to all industry related, governmental, non-governmental and public interest organizations at the local, state and federal level.

Prior to joining the Water Department, Matt participated in the City of Long Beach Management Assistant Program.  Over the course of the year, he had the opportunity to rotate through the City’s Financial Management, City Manager, Human Resources and Water Departments.  He spent a significant amount of his time in the program focusing on government affairs issues, both for the City Manager and Water Departments.

Before coming to Long Beach, Matt served as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Department of Defense at the Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo, California. While there, he worked on a variety of projects in both the cost and budget divisions of the Financial Management department.  He was the lead analyst on a number of comprehensive analysis projects, including an Economic Impact Analysis for the LA Air Force Base, which provided an estimated value of the base’s economic impact on the Los Angeles County area.

Matt earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and his Master of Business Administration degree from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.