Matthew D. Chase has served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Counties (NACo) since September 2012. Founded in 1935, NACo is the only national association representing America’s 3,069 county governments.
Previously, Matt served nearly a decade as executive director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), which represents local government-based regional planning and development organizations. Prior to becoming NADO’s executive director, he was the organization’s legislative affairs director and deputy executive director. He began his career with the Professional Managers Association, serving as membership services director and chief operating officer.
He has served on advisory boards and committees for the Ford Foundation’s Wealth Creation in Rural America initiative, Rural Policy Research Institute, University of Vermont’s Transportation Research Center and the Purdue Center for Regional Development. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Association of Government Relations Professionals. He has also served on the Alumni Steering Committee for the Graduate School of Political Management.
During his professional career, Matt has focused on promoting America’s community and economic competitiveness, strengthening the intergovernmental cooperation of federal, state and local officials, and engaging local government officials in the federal policymaking process. In addition, he is a regular presenter on the impact of federal budget and policy trends on local governments and communities.
Matt was raised in Warren and Washington counties in Upstate New York. He is a graduate of Hartwick College in Otsego County, New York, and holds a master's degree in political management from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Matt was introduced to county government by his stepfather who held two elective offices in Washington County – district attorney and judge.
He resides in Arlington County, Virginia with his wife, Shana, where they are raising their two young sons: Nicholas and William.