Deborah Lee James is a former Secretary of the Air Force under President Obama. Ms. James has 30 years of defense and national security experience in both the federal government and private sector, including time as President of SAIC. Ms. James currently serves in a number of advisory and director roles, including on the board of directors of Unisys and Textron; and an advisor at Bain & Co., Ultra Electronics, and MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory.
Michael Goldberg is a partner and director in the Los Angeles office of Bain & Co. Mr. Goldberg has worked with the most successful aerospace and defense primes as well as many industry suppliers. In addition to being a senior member of Bain’s Industrial Goods & Services Practice and the leader of their global Aerospace & Defense practice, he currently serves as chair of a private biotech company.
Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, and former Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she currently serves on the board. She served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy within Obama's Defense Department from 2009-2012. Previously, she was senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a distinguished research professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. She also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy in the mid-1990's.
Charles Bolden is is a former NASA administrator, a retired United States Marine Corps Major General, and a former astronaut who flew on four Space Shuttle missions. President Obama nominated Bolden to serve as NASA administrator in 2009 and he served in this role until 2017.
Michael Silton is currently the Managing Director of Act One Ventures and Chair Emeritus of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund. Prior to his role as an investor, Michael was the CEO and Founder of Rainmaker Systems, which saw an IPO and peak market cap of over $1B and over 1,000 employees. He also co-founded UniDirect Corp., which was acquired by Savoir Technology Group. At Act One Ventures, Michael manages a diverse portfolio of investments with a focus on the great talent and technology coming from the Los Angeles university ecosystem.