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.
Nery Riveiro - Data Administrator
Nery has been with NDIA for over 30 years. She started working at NDIA as an Information Specialist when it was called the American Defense Preparedness Association (ADPA). Nery has filled various positions in different departments at NDIA over the years.
Prior to joining the Policy & Strategy Department, Nery worked in the Meetings and Divisions Department as an assistant to the Vice President of NDIA, and the CDM Certification Program Manager.
Chris Sax - Strategy Associate
Chris joined the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as a Membership Services Coordinator in June of 2019, and has worked as a Strategy Associate since February of 2021. In this role, he is responsible for developing and managing several strategic initiatives and facilitating collaboration between government and industry experts.
Prior to joining NDIA, Chris worked as a staffer on local Texas elections and as a Research Associate focused on improving the efficiency of various U.S. national security agencies. Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Texas A&M University and his Master of International Affairs from Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service in 2015 with concentrations in Military Affairs and Grand Strategy.
Heath Taylor - Legislative Associate
Heath joined the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as an Executive Assistant in September of 2019 and was promoted to the Legislative Policy Associate position in February 2021.
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.
Robbie Van Steenburg - Regulatory Associate
Robbie joined the National Defense Industrial Association as a Regulatory Policy Associate on July 20, 2020. Robbie is a Texas native and, prior to joining NDIA, he attended both the University of Texas at Austin and George Washington University. In 2018 Robbie graduated from The University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Astronomy, and in 2020 he graduated from George Washington with a Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy. During his time in Austin, Robbie interned in the Texas State Legislature. While studying at GW, he worked with a team of other students to complete a year-long research project on behalf of the Secure World Foundation.
Jacob Winn - Strategy Associate
Jacob Winn joined the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as a Strategy Associate in early 2021. In this role he develops innovative strategic initiatives and coordinates directly with government and industry executives on subsequent lines of effort. Jacob earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Political Science from George Washington University, with a concentration in International Politics. He received the Elliott School of International Affairs' 2021 Distinguished Scholar Award, which is granted to one graduating senior per academic year.
Before joining NDIA, Jacob completed a Fellowship at The Lab at OPM (U.S. Office of Personnel Management, formerly known as the ‘OPM Innovation Lab’) and completed a qualitative research project on the impact of populism on British politics.