Matthew B. Arvay is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the city of Phoenix, accountable for a technology operating and capital budget of nearly $250M. As the CIO of the 5th largest city on the U.S., Arvay is recognized as an innovative and strategic business partner, who builds award-winning teams while building public/private partnerships to solve community challenges. Arvay manages the city’s Information Technology Services Department, which provides and supports technology solutions citywide to include key business sectors such as Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Water Services, and the Phoenix Fire and Police departments.
Currently, Arvay is leading Phoenix’s first Smart City Strategic Plan, which will have a community-centric approach to implementing collaborative and innovative solutions to civic challenges. He excels at building partnerships to foster a pragmatic and collaborative approach to problem solving. Arvay is also modernizing the city’s foundational infrastructure by replacing the citywide network that will support more than 12,000 telephones across 500 city locations, connected by 300 miles of new cabling.
Prior to joining Phoenix, Arvay was the CIO of Virginia Beach, where he was instrumental in bringing to the city the highest capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic, the first to connect the U.S. to southern Europe. During his tenure, Virginia Beach was selected as the key location for the next generation internet infrastructure, and named America’s #1 Top Digital City, according to the 2015 Digital Cities Survey by Government Technology magazine.
With more than 19 years of experience as an executive in the IT industry, Arvay has been recognized for his leadership and drive to make a difference in the community. In 2016, he received the Transformational Leadership Award of Excellence from the Business Relationship Management Institute; and in 2017, one of the Premier 100 Technology Leaders in the nation. Most recently, he received the 2018 Phoenix Award from the Public Relations Society of America, given to a non-industry leader who values communications and elevates the best practices of public relations. He was also one of 150 worldwide to receive a Special Achievement in GIS award from Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), one of the world’s leaders in GIS technology.
Arvay has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degree from The University of Akron.