Matt Rantanen

Arcadian Infracom: Business Development & Partnering

Matt is an expert in Native American policy and community relations. He engages as in Partnering and Business Development at Arcadian Infracom. He has 20 years as the Director of Technology for the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA) and Director of the Tribal Digital Village (TDVNet) Network/Initiative supporting the tribal communities of Southern California.

Matthew works with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and is currently the Co-Chair of the Technology and Telecom Subcommittee and Co-Chair of their Technology Task Force. He was twice named to the FCC Native Nations Broadband Task Force. Matthew served as a 2-Term Chair of the board of directors for Native Public Media. He also served on the inaugural and current board of the American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) at Arizona State University. He was on the Tribal Advisory Group that advised the California First Responders Network (CalFRN), California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and is a current advisor to the California Broadband Council to the Governor.

During the Obama administration, Matthew was called upon by the White House to work with the CTO and staff to identify and solve connectivity issues in the national technology deserts. Matthew received his undergraduate degree at Washington State University. He is of Cree Indian and Scandinavian descent.