Director, Operations and Financial Compliance
Matthew Waterson is the Director of Operations and Financial Compliance. In this role, he supports operational efforts in developing, codifying, and assessing the processes that empower the organization to maintain a level of excellence as it serves its overall mission. Matthew is responsible for the fluid monitoring of stakeholders, organizational risk analysis and mitigation, and the development and implementation of security protocols that best protect the Foundation’s assets and interests.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Matthew served 13 years of active duty service as a US Navy SEAL, deploying four times in support of the Global War on Terrorism. His service included combat tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and operations in support of US Pacific and Central Commands. Matthew also led a department at Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command, where he assessed nearly 1,000 students during their successful completion of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training. He proudly continues his service as a Naval Reservist, leading a troop of SEAL reservists who maintain operational readiness to supplement forces around the globe.
Matthew has received numerous service awards and decorations, including a Combat Action Ribbon, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, a Bronze Star, and a Legion of Merit.
Matthew is based in San Diego, California. He earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from San Diego State University.