Matthew Nelson, C.M., ATP

Senior Project Manager
Phone: 831-915-0307

Matt has worked in the airport and airline industry for over twenty years. Upon graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1994, Matt embarked on a commercial pilot career by learning to fly in Monterey, California. Advanced flight training at Vero Beach, Florida and providing flight instruction eventually landed Matt a pilot position at Mesa Air Group. During his five years there, he had the opportunity to serve as Check Airman, Regional Chief Pilot and served on the hiring board, conducting interviews with pilots. After accepting a position for a pilot slot at Southwest Airlines, Matt was travelling on 09/11 and, along with the world, witnessed what unfolded. "It's a day that is seared into my heart as it obviously is with so many others," Matt states. He flew "the line" as a captain qualified pilot on the Boeing 737 and volunteered as a Critical Incident Response Team member, a pilot peer support group dispatched to support and serve pilots and family members during challenging events.

Publicly elected to the Monterey Regional Airport District Board in 2010 and currently serving his second term, Matt understands the critical importance of a strong and productive relationship between staff and board. Though setting direction, policy and priorities are common cornerstones, perhaps one the most overlooked and underutilized traits is the art of active listening. Highlights of his time on the Board include a $55,000,000 Runaway Safety Area Project, Airport Master Plan Update, increasing airline market service, and a successful Airport Executive Director search.

Matt is passionate about giving back to his community by serving on boards such as the Hospice Giving Foundation, The Rotary Club of Monterey, Rides for Seniors and the Visually Impaired, and a sports organization that provides free or significantly discounted sporting opportunities for the financially challenged youth.

Married to Jennifer for over 17 years, they reside in Pacific Grove, California with their two sons. Hobbies include long distance running, downhill skiing, and traveling with the family.