Curtis has been a teacher, a college president, head of a public affairs research organization, policy adviser and chief of staff to a governor, and chairman of a regional government. He was formerly Managing Associate of Education Evolving, a network of policy design analysts and activists based in Saint Paul. Currently, he serves as the publisher - executive director of Citiscope, a global web-based news service covering emerging innovations in cities around the world.
- Former executive director, Citizens League
- Past chairman, Metropolitan Council