Matthew O’Connor assumed his position as Branch Chief of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Kaohsiung Branch Office on August 1, 2017. Previously, he served as the Senior Australia Desk Officer in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Office of Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Island Affairs.
Prior to working on Australia issues, Matt served in the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. From 2011-2014, he was Political-Military officer and Deputy Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Naha, Okinawa. Before that, he worked in the Economic Section of AIT/Taipei, and has also served in the Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai. Before joining the Department of State, he worked as a financial analyst in Washington, D.C.
A Maryland native, Matt graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor degree in Liberal Arts, and earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Matt has five kids ranging in age from 9 to 18, and is passionate about education.