Matthew Aleshire is an associate director for government affairs in the Communications Department at the Milken Institute. Aleshire engages with government officials and other policymakers both domestically and internationally and identifies opportunities to advance policy solutions through the Institute’s research and convenings. Prior to joining the Institute, Aleshire spent six years at Weber Merritt, a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., working on issue-advocacy campaigns for clients, including trade associations, nonprofit organizations and Fortune 500 companies, in addition to working on multiple political campaigns. Following his undergraduate work at Virginia Tech, he earned a master’s degree in international affairs at the American University of Paris, focusing on international political economy. Aleshire works in the Washington, D.C., office.