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About Matthew

Matthew was born in Bedford, New Hampshire and is a graduate of Manchester High School West. He attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where he studied Political Science. During his time at university, Matthew was actively involved in environmental campaigns in North Carolina and Boston, leading a statewide canvassing effort to pass a safe beaches bill in Massachusetts. 

He worked in China after graduation and received his MA in International Relations from Lancaster University in the UK. Out of graduate school Matthew worked as an Environmental Advocate for the US Public Interest Research Group in Washington D.C, lobbying Congress on Superfund and public health issues. 

Matthew served in a variety of roles with the US Department of Defense, including senior speechwriter for the Commanding General of the US Army Reserve and senior advisor to the Commanding General of US Forces in Iraq. 

Matthew was employee number one, equity holder, and Managing Director of Strategic Social, a technology and services company that he and his partners grew to more than 400 employees across the US, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Upon the sale of the company in 2014 he advised firms investing in East Africa and frontier markets in South East Asia. He also served as the interim CEO of a cybersecurity company based in Oregon. 

He currently serves as the Chief Commercial Officer of PlanetRisk, a global big data analytics company based out of Washington, D.C. 

Matt and his wife, Christina Aitchison, have lived on Bainbridge Island since 2012. They have four children: Felix, Molly, Oscar, and Sebastian, all of whom attend Bainbridge Island public schools. 

With his years of experience working alongside our nation's military and diplomatic personnel, running complex multinational businesses, and working cross-culturally, Matthew brings leadership and a commitment to progressive solutions for the residents of Bainbridge Island.


Tirman for Bainbridge (NP)
PMB 706
321 High School Road NE STE, D3
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 
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