Matthew Basista is a native of the Pittsburgh area and enlisted in the Army at 17. After one year, Matthew was selected to attend the US Military Academy at West Point to pursue an officer’s commission. After receiving a medical discharge in 2014, he continued his education at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Through the GW Presidential Fellowship, Matthew attained both his BA and MA in international affairs while working for the university in a variety of roles. Matthew is currently seeking to launch a career in financial services.