Matthew Andersen, Director of the Department of Commerce San Diego Office and Executive Secretary of the San Diego & Imperial District Export Council, passed away unexpectedly on December 15. Matt touched many lives and careers during his time with the Commercial Service and was a role model for so many of us. Our love and support go out to our colleagues across the Pacific South that had the good fortune to work closely with Matt on a regular basis. He will be dearly missed.
Matt was a devoted public servant of 37 years and had just recently announced his retirement as the San Diego Office Director where he served for 25 years. Matt was a valuable member of the Pacific South team. In 2015, Matt received the Department of Commerce’s Bronze Award for Superior Federal Service.
Matt was also recognized as the 2003 “International Business Leader of the Year” by the World Trade Center San Diego and the U.S. Commercial Service’s 2004 National Manager of the Year. Because of his tireless dedication, the San Diego & Imperial DEC received the DEC of the Year Award in 2014.
Matt will be fondly remembered for his humor, his relentless advocacy of his Commerce team, his love of his hometown of Chicago, and his passion for baseball. Matt is survived by his fiancé and lifelong partner, Brooke Palmer. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brooke, his family, and friends during this difficult time.