Matt Castelli

New York-21, U.S. House of Representatives

  • National Security Professional 
  • Iraq & Afghanistan 

After the 9/11 attacks, Matt focused his life’s work on protecting our country through counterterrorism and national security. He became a CIA Officer, where he led intelligence collection and counterterrorism operations; serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Matt’s team hunted down some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists, working within the same unit that found Osama Bin Laden.

Matt’s success at the CIA led to the opportunity to serve as Director for Counterterrorism at President Obama’s National Security Council. In that role, he developed strategy, policy, and operations to keep America safe from terrorism and extremism. His work degraded Al Qaeda and ISIS, and strengthened security cooperation with our allies. Matt stayed in this role for the first year of the Trump White House before returning to the CIA to work at the intersection of public-private partnerships to bring cutting-edge technology to help protect our nation.

In 2020, as the world faced a devastating pandemic, Matt took a leadership position with a veteran-founded New York based technology company dedicated to eliminating barriers to health care for veterans, rural communities, and minorities.