Matt Nygaard

Director of Operations

As an experienced derivatives trader, volunteer project manager and event planner, and non-profit organization leader, Matt Nygaard brings a wealth of meaningful and diverse experience to his role as Director of Operations. He has held leadership roles within trading firms and in volunteer positions in non-profit corporations for many years. Leading with humility and compassion, Matt is a “doer” who has a proven record of positive-oriented results decision making.

His career spanned 20+ years and included positions as Managing Partner and Head Trader. His familiarity with finance and the markets was a valuable asset as he transitioned into more meaningful work in the nonprofit sector. He has overseen the budgets and financial operations for several nonprofit organizations, identifying new sources of income and increasing operational efficiency. Matt’s hands on approach does not stop with the financials. He has planned events and completed significant projects for multiple nonprofit organizations with broad collaboration and support. His work has benefited churches, chambers of commerce, and professional organizations. From meeting with foreign diplomats and business owners, to brainstorming with coworkers and contractors, Matt works across departments to get things done.

Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He resides in Chicago with his wife. He joined the Pat Tillman Foundation in January, 2024.