Matt Naylor
President & CEO
National World War I Museum

Dr. Matthew Naylor is the President and CEO of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. A native of Australia, he began his tenure at the Museum in June 2013 and possesses more than 20 years of leadership in the non-profit arena. Previously, he served as the Director of Advancement at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Naylor was a member of the institution’s executive leadership team and was responsible for development, marketing and donor services, among other duties. Prior to his tenure at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, he spent more than nine years as president of Outreach International, an international humanitarian organization that specializes in sustainable and participatory community development with a presence in 15 developing nations across the world. He earned his Ph.D. from Curtin University in Perth, Australia.rnrnDr. Naylor has a close connection to World War I, as his grandfather served in the Great War. One of his most prized objects is a letter from his grandfather to his family from France in 1917. Additionally, Dr. Naylor’s father was in the British Royal Tank Division for four years in World War II, and along with the letter from his grandfather, he keeps a photo in his office of his father in a tank from the battle fields of Europe.rnrnDr. Naylor lives in the Country Club Plaza area of Kansas City, Mo., with his wife Tere. They have three children and became grandparents to two healthy boys in 2013.rn