Meet the Director

Matt Rhodes, MPH, R.S.


As Director of Operations for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, Matt Rhodes oversaw day-to-day operations including leadership and development, clinical health services, environmental health services and public health preparedness. He also holds an adjunct position at the University of Louisville, School of Public Health & Information Sciences.

Matt has a passion for public service and creating safe, healthy, just conditions for people to live, work, and play. He has 25 years’ experience in the Environmental & Public Health field. His first exposure to environmental health occurred during an internship with the Whitley County Health Department in 1992. His public health career officially began in 1996 when he joined the Jefferson County Health Department. He completed field work in the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, the Hazardous Materials Response Program, and the Food Safety Program before serving in multiple leadership positions.

Matt previously served as Chair of the Health and Medical subcommittee for the Louisville/Jefferson County Executive Crisis Response Group (The Group). He served as President for the Kentucky Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians (KAMFES) in 2006, which later became the Kentucky Environmental Health Association (KYEHA). He remains actively involved in his state and national professional associations including KAMFES/KYEHA and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). He also served as the Chair of the Kentucky Registered Sanitarians Examining Committee from 2010-2018.

Born and reared in Griffin, Georgia, Matt moved to Kentucky to pursue his B.S. in Public Health from Cumberland College in Williamsburg. After college, Matt continued to pursue his love of football by coaching at his alma mater for four years. During a visit to Louisville for the ‘94 Kentucky Derby, Matt met his future wife and decided to relocate here a year later. Matt and his wife, Kelli, now reside in Oldham County on the family farm. Matt obtained his Master of Public Health at the University of Louisville in August 2015.