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Matthew Garrison
Director of Operations, Illinois National Guard
Doctor of Public Administration


Chicago, Illinois 

Undergraduate Institution and Major

University of Illinois, Anthropology 

Graduate Institution and Major

DePaul University, Cybersecurity | U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies 


Matthew is a career military professional and has served with the U.S. Army National Guard for over 18 years.  He currently serves as the Director of Domestic Operations for the Illinois National Guard.  In this role, he has planned and organized responses to disasters in Illinois including COVID-19, civil unrest, flood, and winter storm.  As the Director of Domestic Operations, Matthew is The Adjutant General’s senior operations chief responsible for all Defense Support of Civil Authorities operations, plans, domestic operations training, and exercises.   

Relevant Professional Experience

U.S. Army Infantry Officer, Consequence Management Specialist, Military Strategist, Security Cooperation, Security Assistance  

Research Interests

Crisis Management, Critical Infrastructure Resilience and Preparedness, Consequence Management  

Professional Affiliations

Army War College Foundation, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Pritzker Military Library, National Guard Association of the United States, National Guard Association of Illinois