Matt Chandler is a Managing Director at BPI where he utilizes his deep strategic and crisis communications experience to help clients solve challenges. Matt has led complex corporate and crisis communications engagements that range from brand names to non-profits in finance, healthcare, technology, education, and national security.
Previously, Matt was a Partner at Frontier Solutions and Frontier Public Affairs, integrated risk and crisis management firms where he oversaw the firms’ strategic communications and public affairs portfolios. In 2018, Matt deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy, where he serves as a reserve officer, as a strategic communications planner.
Prior to that, Matt served in a number of senior roles at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including Deputy Chief of Staff and acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. As Deputy Chief of Staff, Matt managed issues and programs related to counter-terrorism, intelligence, law enforcement, and immigration. In the DHS Office of Public Affairs, Matt served as acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Director of Communications, and Press Secretary. He was the Department’s chief spokesperson and communications strategist on counter-terrorism, border security, immigration, and federal law enforcement-related issues in addition to cybersecurity, emergency management and response, and multi-billion dollar grant programs. Matt managed the Department’s crisis communications efforts during major incidents and events such as the Boston Marathon bombing, several attempted terrorist attacks, dozens of aviation threats and accidents, and natural disasters including Hurricane Sandy.
In 2008, Matt was a spokesperson for Obama for America in Colorado, and other states in the West. He started his career working for a political consulting firm in Denver, Colorado, where he supported various international, federal, and state political and public policy campaigns.