Mat Dunn is the Senior Director, Global Government Affairs at SpaceX. In this position, Mat coordinates federal legislative and executive agency affairs for SpaceX’s Global Business and Government Affairs office in Washington, D.C., with a focus on defense policy, national security space launch, civil space, export issues, satellite and spectrum policy issues, coalitions, and policies to enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. space industry. Mat also supports international market access and global government affairs for SpaceX’s Starlink program. Additionally, Mat manages state and local government relations for the company, and oversees political affairs for SpaceX. Mat previously served as the Chairman of the National Security Space Committee at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and is past Chairman of the Regulatory Committee at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF).
Prior to joining SpaceX in January 2011, Mat was the Legislative Director for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), where he led the Washington Operations for the leading trade association for the $40 billion North American marine industry. Prior to this, Mat worked at the Center for Health Policy & Legislative Analysis (HPLA), an internal think tank at The MayaTech Corporation.
Mat is a graduate (cum laude) of The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, where he was a nationally-ranked intercollegiate debater. He holds a Master of Arts in Irish Fiction from the Institute for Irish Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.