Council President Matthew Wardell

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MWardellMailing Address:
110 S.E. Watula Avenue
Ocala, FL 34471

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Matt assumed office in 2015 and represents Ocala’s 4th district. Matt’s passion for making Ocala the best it can be began with the effort to renovate the old City Auditorium into the Reilly Arts Center. That effort included raising more than $2.7 million toward the project and managing the full renovation of the aging WPA building. Matt is currently the CEO at the Reilly, overseeing both its artistic and administrative operations, and a small business owner working in digital and print media.

Matt was born in Jacksonville, FL and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida, as well as a Master’s degree from the University of Florida. He began his tenure as Music Director and Conductor of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra in 2009 and the Ocala Star Banner declared that "Wardell brings an impressive resume of musical and conducting training. Maybe more important than his music credentials is Wardell's youthful enthusiasm and unabashed zest. Wardell is not only a daring and dynamic choice as the Ocala Symphony Orchestra's new conductor, but a smart one.”

In addition to serving on Ocala’s City Council, Matt serves or has served on the the board of Ocala/Marion Transportation Planning Organization (Vice-Chair), the Donald Harrison Foundation, Ocala Municipal Arts Commission (OMAC), Young Professionals of Ocala (YPO) and the Centers and recently received a Young Alumnus of the year award by the University of Florida.