Matt Chandler previously served in a number of senior roles at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including Deputy Chief of Staff and acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs.
As Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Chandler supported the Secretary of Homeland Security in managing the daily operations of the third largest Department in the Federal Government with 240,000 employees, 22 component agencies, and a $59 billion annual budget. He managed issues and programs related to counter-terrorism, intelligence, law enforcement, and immigration in coordination with the White House, DHS component agencies and other federal, state and local partners.
Mr. Chandler served in numerous positions within the DHS Office of Public Affairs, including as acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Director of Communications, and Press Secretary. He was the Department’s chief spokesperson and communications strategist on counter-terrorism, border security, immigration, and federal law enforcement-related issues in addition to cybersecurity, emergency management and response, and multi-billion dollar grant programs. Mr. Chandler managed the Department’s crisis communications efforts during major incidents and events such as the Boston Marathon bombing, several attempted terrorist attacks, dozens of aviation threats and accidents, and natural disasters including Hurricane Sandy.
Mr. Chandler previously served as Director, Anti-Money Laundering Compliance at Western Union’s global headquarters, overseeing long term strategic risk-mitigation projects to improve current compliance programs for operations in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.
Prior to his career in government, Mr. Chandler served as a spokesperson for the Obama for America presidential campaign in the battleground state of Colorado, and others in the West, in 2008. He previously worked for a consulting firm in Denver, Colorado, where he worked on various international, federal, and state political and public policy campaigns.
Mr. Chandler is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, a member of the Truman National Security Project Defense Council and a graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.