BA in History

Matthew Salter, 2001

Matthew Salter

Matt Salter received his bachelor’s degree in history from George Mason University, and, like many Mason alumni in the Washington, DC, area, he has distinguished himself in the consulting field. 

For 10 years he has worked for Noblis, a non-profit science, technology, and strategy firm, where he currently serves as their Director of Business Development for the Transportation Systems and Earth Observations Mission Area. At Noblis, Matt’s clients include the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 

Previously, Matt served as a Senior Program Manager leading multiple technical teams to modernize the FAA’s I.T. infrastructure and data management practices. He credits his degree in history for giving him the communication, critical thinking, and research skills required to be a high performing consultant in the public sector. He explains that “a technical solution, while complex, is often clear and straightforward.  However, understanding how to implement that solution so there is minimal impact to an agency’s mission, politics, and culture is what defines success.” He credits his history courses with giving him the tools to engage in this sort of problem-solving.