Robert is a co-founder and a Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners. He has played a significant role in the early sourcing, financing and development of more than 100 companies, including twenty-three which have reached valuations exceeding $1 billion.
Bob Kerrey is Managing Director at Allen & Company. Mr. Kerrey was previously the President of The New School and represented Nebraska in the Senate. Mr. Kerrey served as a U.S. Navy SEAL during the Vietnam War. For his service, he received the Medal of Honor.
Jeff was previously the Executive Director of the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute, and co-author of the U.S. best-selling book “Leaders: Myth and Reality”. Following his military service as a Navy SEAL officer, he served five years at the White House as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
Josh was previously an Investment Principal with Prospect Capital, where he focused on originating equity and debt investment. Josh also served as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army Special Operations Command, and has been active as an early-stage angel investor with nearly two decades of experience.
Andrew was previously the Co-Founder & CEO of Eastern Foundry, an incubator and accelerator for GovTech startups. Andrew has a deep background in intelligence and cybersecurity including service as a counter-intelligence officer in the US Army and also worked as lead for intelligence & analysis at Novetta and Endgame.
Jelani is currently an Investment Principal to Risk and Return and advisor/consultant to Arch Venture Partners. He worked previously in the hospitality industry where he worked in casino marketing and people operations for Wynn Las Vegas. Jelani served as an officer the United States Navy prior to joining the private sector.
Brandon is a fourth-year student at the University of Notre Dame where he is pursuing a degree in Science-Business and Economics with a minor in Data Science. He is currently assisting in disease research at Notre Dame, and he has various experience working in both the venture capital and startup spaces.
Toni Verstandig is a philanthropist, leading political and economic policy advisor, and the founder of strategic consulting practice Prospect Global. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs at the US Department of State and was a member of the US negotiation team tasked to reach a comprehensive agreement to end the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Ambassador Crumpton is the Co-Chairman of Martin+Crumpton Group LLC, an international business intelligence, strategy, advisory, and business development firm. A 24-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, he operated mostly in the foreign field, including tours as Chief of Station. In 2005 President George W. Bush appointed him Ambassador-at-Large and US Coordinator for Counterterrorism.
Nick Lavery is an active-duty warrant officer with the U.S. Army Special Forces. His military service awards include the Silver Star and multiple Purple Hearts. Wounded in combat, he is one of a handful of amputees that has return to combat status through the use of prosthetics.