Colonel Wesley Hallman, USAF (Ret) - Senior Vice President of Policy
Wes comes to NDIA after a 27-year career in the Air Force, last serving as the Chief Air Force Liaison to the House of Representatives advising the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force on engagement with Congress and working directly with members of the House of Representatives and their offices on Air Force and national security matters.
Prior to his work with Congress, he was the senior executive assistant to the Joint Staff Director of Strategic Plans and Policy.
Wes served in several operational and staff positions including commanding a squadron and a fighter group. He also led a staff of over 2,000 as Chief of Staff for the Air Force’s forward headquarters in the Middle East, simultaneously managing and supporting Air Force units conducting air operations over Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2004, President Bush chose him as one of 12 Americans to be a White House Fellow, serving as the Secretary of Agriculture’s Special Assistant.
Wes is a Command Pilot with 1,985 hours in the T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-15A/B/C/D, and F-22A, and has over 150 hours of combat time in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, PROVIDE COMFORT, and NORTHERN WATCH.
A fourth-generation Californian, Wes was raised in Glendora and is an Outstanding Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He also earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Ohio State University and is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Eisenhower School). Wes also completed the State Department’s National Security Executive Leadership Seminar and the Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar at the Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Corbin Evans - Principal Director, Strategic Programs
Corbin joined the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as the Director of Regulatory Policy in early 2018 and was promoted to the Principal Director of Strategy in 2020. In this role, he is responsible for pursuing and securing external partnerships, spearheading strategic programs, and leveraging the expertise of government, industry, and academia to achieve the organization’s strategic goals.
Prior to joining NDIA, Corbin worked at the Department of Homeland Security and as the Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently completed a Juris Doctor at The George Washington University Law School and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. Corbin holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Missouri. Corbin and his wife live in Washington, DC.
Kea Matory - Director of Legislative Policy
Kea Matory is Director of Legislative Policy for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). In her role, Matory works with congressional offices, the Department of Defense, and the defense industry to advocate and educate for the development and support of policies for the safety and security of our nation. Matory joined NDIA after serving as the Legislative Affairs Officer at Headquarters, Marine Corps’ Marine and Family Programs Division.
In the civilian sector, Matory served as the Director of a woman-owned small business government consulting firm; as an attorney providing legal advice to service members; and at a national VSO, securing Veterans’ Affairs and DoD benefits for injured veterans and service members.
Nick Jones, Director of Regulatory Policy
Nick Jones joined the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as the Director of Regulatory Policy in 2020. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to joining NDIA, Nick worked in various strategy roles within Insitu, which is part of Boeing’s Autonomous Systems, and Portland General Electric where he worked on the commercialization of new technologies in the defense, maritime, and energy industries.
Jones began his professional career as a Naval Intelligence Officer (1630). His service included assignments with the Office of Naval Intelligence, Electronic Attack Squadron 128, and the Joint Interagency Task Force West. His overseas assignments included Prince Sultan Airbase, U.S. Embassy Manila, U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur, and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.
Jones is Board Chair of the Returning Veterans Project a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides free healthcare services to post-9/11 veterans through a community of over 180 licensed healthcare providers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Jonathan Kupperman, Legislative Policy Associate
Jonathan Kupperman became the Legislative Policy Associate for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) on August 26, 2019.
Jonathan came to NDIA after a 3-year career on Capitol Hill, last serving as the Legislative Assistant to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) responsible for advising the Congressman on policy matters and engaging with constituent businesses on federal issues. In addition, Jonathan worked in Rep. Steve Stivers’ (R-OH) and Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) offices.
Jonathan, a native of Los Angeles, CA, graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Political Science.
Camila Shanley, Strategy Associate
Camilla joined the National Defense National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) in early 2019 as a Program Development intern, and since June 2019 has worked as a Strategy Associate. In this role, she is responsible for managing the development of several strategic initiatives surrounding emerging technologies and business process improvement.
Prior to joining NDIA, Camilla completed a research internship on a State Department contract at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and served as Program Coordinator of George Washington University’s low ropes teambuilding course. Camilla earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University with a concentration in Security Policy.
Heath Taylor, Executive Assistant
Heath joined the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as an Executive Assistant in September of 2019.
Prior to joining NDIA, Heath worked on Capitol Hill as a member of Representative Chuck Fleischmann’s (R-TN) staff. Heath also worked for the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) as a part of the Grassroots Division. Heath served as an Infantryman for the states of South Carolina (HHC, 1/118th Infantry Division) and Maryland (B CO, 1/175th Infantry Division) Army National Guard from 2013-2019.
Heath, a native of Jackson, TN, graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in International and Military Affairs.
Sam Underwood, Strategy Associate
Sam Underwood is a Strategy Associate at the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). In this role he develops innovative strategic initiatives and coordinates directly with government and industry executives on subsequent lines of effort. Prior to joining the Strategy team, Sam completed a yearlong internship with the Divisions team where he was the lead writer on a guidebook for Division Chairs.
Between 2011 and 2016 Sam worked as a campaign staffer at the state and national level. In 2017 he earned his Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies from Southern Maine Community College, where he concentrated in sociology, and in 2020 his Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University, where he concentrated in security policy.