Matt Nelson

Chief Operating Officer

Meet Matt Nelson

Matt Nelson was an original team member of Kessel Run and served in 3 key leadership positions during his time within the program: chief of the F-35 Mad Hatter digital transformation project, chief of the Business Operations Branch, and chief of the AOC 10.1 Cloud Migration Team.

In his career, he’s helped to develop agile and digital transformation techniques for Kessel Run, USCYBERCOM, P-8 Poseidon program, Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization, and Air.

Matt’s technical specialties are system design, DevSecOps implementation, and cultural transformation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and a master’s degree in aeronautical science.


Matt's Story

”I joined Rise8 after spending 15 years as an active-duty military officer. Some of my friends said I was crazy to give up my Lt Col select to join a new tech company, but I joined because we have the potential to make a bigger difference in the world than any one person. At Rise8 we’re pushing the boundaries of what it means to provide digital services to the Government. What we’re doing is bigger than just “technology innovation”. We’re reshaping innovation culture within the DoD to be centered around delivering warfighter value. Rise8 is changing the status quo because we believe we cannot win the next war if the DoD stays centered around proofs-of-concept that will never be able to leave the lab environment. It's really cool to be a part of the team that will reshape the DoD Digital Services market and drives a new breed of service providers to the Government.”

Matt Nelson