Matt Lantz joined Bryant Christie Inc. in 1999 as a Trade Policy Specialist and in 2013 was promoted to Vice President for Global Access.
As lead on trade policy issues, Matt works to open foreign markets for U.S. agricultural commodities and addresses international agricultural policy concerns on behalf of BCI's clients. For over 20 years, Matt has worked to resolve phytosanitary, sanitary, tariff, labeling, and food additive issues in numerous countries.
On behalf of BCI's clients, Matt has navigated pesticide regulatory transitions in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Australia, Canada and the European Union, and ensured these transitions have not hindered exports. In 2001, Matt received the USDA's Trade Policy Teamwork Award for his work on Taiwan chemical residue issues. In 2017, Matt coauthored a book on pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs) entitled Declining International Cooperation on Pesticide Regulation. He is recognized as a world leader on pesticide MRL issues and agricultural trade and is invited to speak frequently on the subject.
From 2004-2009, Matt serves as a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He currently serves on USDA's Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables. This group advises the U.S. government on agriculture trade issues. In 2020, he was named a Seattle World Affairs Council Fellow.
Prior to joining BCI, Matt founded and managed a program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government dedicated to promoting the development of Russian political parties. He has worked on international issues on Capitol Hill for the late Senator Richard Lugar and held a State Department internship in the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia.
Matt earned his Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and his Master's degree in American Foreign Policy and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Matt was a Rotary Foundation Scholar to Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where he studied Pacific Basin foreign policy issues.
Matt lives in Seattle and is an adventure traveler, journeying to such unusual destinations as North Korea, Iran, Somalia, Eritrea, Myanmar, Mongolia, Bhutan, Albania, and Tonga. He enjoys writing about his experiences.