A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Matthew was born in Indiana, grew up in Connecticut, and has family roots in Maryland. Before arriving in Japan, Matthew served as Senior Advisor at the National Security Council, Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and at U.S. diplomatic posts in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Seoul, as well as in Washington, DC.
Matthew is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he studied diplomacy and leadership, and he completed undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago. Outside of work, Matthew enjoys exploring music and arts venues, as well as autocross, and has driven at amateur track events in Beijing, New York, New Jersey, and West Virginia. He is joined in Japan by his wife Judy and their daughter.