Matthew Rhoades is the Managing Director of the Cybersecurity and Technology Program at the Aspen Institute. As part of his responsibilities, Matt oversees and facilitates the work of Aspen’s Cyber Strategy Group: a group of more than 35 former government officials, Capitol Hill leaders, industry executives, academics, journalists, and civil society leaders working to address today’s cybersecurity challenges.
Matt previously served in the Obama Administration as a Director for Legislative Affairs on the National Security Council staff. At NSC, he was responsible for supporting senior administration officials with insight and analysis on congressional issues related to counterterrorism, defense and intelligence programs, South Asia, Iraq, and Syria. Matt also served at the Department of Defense as the Chief, Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. At DOD, Matt advised senior leaders on congressional actions, plans, and urgent issues impacting the Department.
Prior to government service, Matt was the Director, Cyberspace & Security Program at the Truman Project and Center for National Policy. At Truman|CNP, he led the program’s Steering Committee and directed the organization’s cybersecurity policy initiatives. He also served as the Director of Legislative Affairs at the Truman Project where he ran the Congressional Security Scholars program and was the principal author of the Truman Security Briefing Book. Matt has testified before Congress, advised Members of Congress and their staffs, and has been published in multiple outlets.