Matt Olsen served for over two decades as a government official on national and homeland security, law enforcement, and intelligence matters. Olsen served for three years as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center under President Obama. Prior to leading NCTC, Olsen was the General Counsel for the National Security Agency. Olsen worked at the Department of Justice in a number of leadership positions. He served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General for national security and was Special Counselor to the Attorney General, overseeing the interagency review of Guantanamo detainees. Olsen helped establish the National Security Division and served as the first career Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security, managing intelligence activities for the Division. For over a decade, Olsen was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. He also served as Special Counsel to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Olsen began his public service career as a career trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
Olsen currently is the Chief Trust and Security Officer at Uber. After leaving government service, Olsen joined with the former director of NSA to found and lead IronNet Cybersecurity, Inc. Olsen has taught national security law at Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia. He is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and the Center for American Progress, and is a member of the board of Human Rights First. Olsen graduated from Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia.