Matt Olsen is the former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and has more than 20 years of experience in national security, intelligence, and law enforcement. He is a co-founder of IronNet Cybersecurity, a technology firm in D.C, where he leads business development and strategy.
Appointed by President Obama to serve as the Director of NCTC, Matt led the government's efforts to integrate and analyze terrorism information and coordinate counterterrorism operations from 2011 to 2104. In this role, Olsen was responsible for briefing the National Security Council on terrorism threats and reporting to the President on the strategic operational planning of counterterrorism activities. Prior to this, Matt was the General Counsel for the National Security Agency, serving as NSA’s chief legal officer and focusing on surveillance law and cybersecurity. Matt served at the Department of Justice in a number of leadership positions. As counselor to the Attorney General, he led the review of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in accordance with President Obama’s executive order. He also helped establish the National Security Division and managed national security prosecutions and intelligence operations. For over a decade, Matt worked as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C. He also was special counsel to the director of the FBI. Matt began his Justice Department career as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division.
Matt teaches at Harvard Law School and is a national security analyst for ABC News. He is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and serves as an advisor to several companies and government agencies.
Matt is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School.