Matthew Spence, DRI2019 Kenynote Speaker

Matthew Spence

Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners

Matthew Spence is a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners, where he focuses on cybersecurity, the intersection of national security and technology, and emerging technologies. He was previously a partner at the venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowtiz, based in Silicon Valley.

Prior to entering the private sector, Spence spent seven years in senior national security positions in the U.S. government. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, where he was the principal advisor to three Secretaries of Defense for U.S. policy towards the Middle East. Prior to that, he worked at the White House on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs and as Senior Advisor to two National Security Advisors. He also served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.

Spence is the co-founder and serves on the board of the Truman National Security Project. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Senior Fellow at the Yale Center on Global Legal Challenges, Senior Fellow at NYU Law School Reiss Center on Law and Security, and was the William J. Perry Fellow at Stanford University. He has taught classes at Yale and Stanford on national security policymaking. He is also a Professor of the Practice at Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management and a University Advisor to ASU President Michael Crow.

Trained as a lawyer, Spence served as a law clerk for Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. A Marshall Scholar and Truman Scholar, Spence received his doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University; J.D. from Yale Law School; and B.A. and M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University. He was born and raised in southern California.