Mentor and Expert Network

Meet our Team of Mentors and Experts

Our mentors and experts bring extensive expertise from all aspects of the public sector market including government, venture capital, academia, think tanks and more. Their wealth of knowledge and practical expertise is available and can be leveraged by members of our Market Accelerator.


Duane Bean

Senior Policy Advisor to NGA

Pablo E. Carrillo

Chief of Staff, U.S. Senator John McCain

Ryan Evans

Editor in Chief at WarOnTheRocks

Bill Greenwalt

Former Senate Armed Services Professional Staffer

Josh Gladden

Vice Chancellor for Research, Ole Miss

Rob Handfield

Executive Director, Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, NC State University

Aaron Harris

Partner at Y Combinator

Steven J. Kelman

Professor of Public Management, Harvard Kennedy School

Zachary Levy

Asymmetric Warfare Group

Timothy Laseter

Managing Director at Strategy& and Professor, Darden UVA

Dr. Timothy Laseter is a Professor of Practice at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He is also Senior Executive Advisor at PwC/Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company). Dr. Laseter has authored or coauthored four business books including Balanced Sourcing: Cooperation & Competition in Supplier Relationships (which has been published in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese) plus Strategic Product Creation and the Portable MBA.

Jon Mogford

Vice Chancellor for Research at Texas A&M University System

Joseph Moran

President at InSitech, Inc.

Ted Obenchain

Business Development Executive at IHS Markit

Rachelle Samson Oribio

Program Manager at Techstars

Rachelle is an MBA and former management consultant, systems engineer, and enterprise architect who avidly supports responsible business and social enterprise, especially in the realm of tech startups. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and focuses on areas of innovation, strategy, corporate development, business development, and operations.

Martijn Rasser

Director of Analysis at Kyndi

John Ryu

Partner at Scout Ventures

Joseph Sandor

Chair in Purchasing & Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University

Former President and CEO of Creative Procurement Strategies, Joseph Sandor was appointed the Hoagland-Metzler Endowed Professor of Practice in Supply Management at The Eli Broad College of Business of Michigan State University in 2006. During his time with Creative Procurement Strategies (CPS) Sandor advised clients such as Harley-Davidson, John Deere, Electrolux, Rolls-Royce, Whirlpool, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola, ConAgra, Delphi, Sandia, Schlumberger and the USAF. Sandor has over forty years proactive supply management experience with progressively increasing responsibilities emphasizing cost prevention/reduction, team building, strategic supplier alliance formation, systems development, logistics optimization, shared services, inventory control and cost modeling.

Trae Stephens

Partner at Founders Fund

Gregg Sypeck

Senior Consultant at The Gap Partnership

Sam Zega

Vice President at Safran

Denise Zheng

Director at CSIS