Col Matt St. Clair joined the Vantage Point Foundation team after retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps with 30 years of service as an infantry officer. Prior to being selected to serve on the Board of Directors, he served as a Senior Mentor for two Leadership Development Courses. Matt provides mature leadership shaped by his extensive experiences from commanding several of the Marine Corps’ most dynamic and complex units such as an Infantry Battalion Landing Team (BLT 3/8) and a Marine Air Ground Task Force (26 MEU). Matt had a reputation in the Marine Corps for his ability to cultivate strong teams and establish a winning culture. He was hand selected by the Commandant of the Marine Corps to command the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force (GCEITF), leading the Corps’ tactical effort to integrate females in to ground combat arms units.
Matt was also hand selected to command one of two Recruit Training Regiments in order to reinvigorate the Marine Corps’ core values of honor, courage, and commitment within the unit. Not only has Matt commanded units of over 2,500 personnel, completing several combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, but also has experience managing complex problem sets while serving as a Military Assistant in the Office of the Secretary
of Defense under Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Matt earned Masters’ Degrees in Strategic Studies and in Air Power Art and Science. He serves as an Adjunct Faculty for the Marine Corps’ Command and Staff College, teaching graduate level courses in strategy, operational design, and organizational leadership to mid-level leaders.