Matthew Levitt is the Fromer-Wexler Fellow at The Washington Institute and director of its Jeanette and Eli Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and runs a working group on countering violent extremism with over 1,000 participants from around the world.
From 2005 to early 2007, he served as deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In 2008-2009, he served as a State Department counterterrorism advisor to the special envoy for Middle East regional security (SEMERS), General James L. Jones.
Previously, he served as a counterterrorism intelligence analyst at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he focused on fundraising and logistical support networks for Middle Eastern terrorist groups and led an analytical team investigating the September 11 attacks.
Dr. Levitt has served as an expert witness in criminal and civil cases, lectured on international terrorism on behalf of the Departments of State, Justice, Defense, and Homeland Security, consulted for various U.S. government agencies and private industry, and testified before the Senate and House on matters relating to international terrorism. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on advisory boards for think tanks in in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
Dr. Levitt has written extensively on terrorism, countering violent extremism, illicit finance and sanctions, and the Middle East.
My network of professionals working on countering hate in all its forms grew exponentially after attending Eradicate Hate in 2021. The myriad voices represented at Eradicate Hate, from big tech companies to academic researchers to those with lived experience, reinforced to me the importance of cross-cutting and collaborative approaches to counter hate and its devastating impacts on society. I’ve been fortunate to sustain and build those networks with many of those I met at Eradicate Hate in 2021.