Kimberly Crider (Maj. Gen. Retired)
As leader of the firm’s Transportation and Space Group in Washington, D.C., Dara Panahy’s practice involves representation of satellite and space infrastructure operators, aerospace manufacturers, launch services providers, communications and data services companies, banks, private equity firms, hedge funds and other investors in debt and equity offerings, project, structured and vendor financings, corporate matters, mergers & acquisitions, financial restructurings, and in negotiating commercial contracts. He also advises on regulatory, risk management, sanctions, anti-corruption, national security and export control matters.
Kim Crider is a Founding Partner of Elara Nova. She brings more than 35 years of experience managing multibillion-dollar global operations and technology programs in space, aerospace, cybersecurity, IT, data, and AI.
A recently retired U.S. Air Force (USAF) Major General, Crider was the first Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for the newly established U. S.Space Force (USSF) where she oversaw a $2.5B Space Science & Technology portfolio and directed a $750M digital services and cybersecurity portfolio to advance the $15B global military space enterprise for 16,000 personnel. Prior to that, Crider was the Air Force Chief Data Officer, a first in the DoD, where she led the implementation of a $100M enterprise data management portfolio to assure availability of operational and business data to over 850,000 military, civilian and contract users across the Department of the Air Force’s $126B enterprise, and established a strategy for enterprise data management that has seminally influenced other DoD level data strategies and initiatives.Van Espahbodi
Van is dedicated to empowering and investing in frontier and industrial-focused founders. With over 20 years’ experience in aerospace and defense, Van advises both early-stage businesses and government to be bolder! Prior to working in both defense and commercial markets, Van started his career as a congressional aide before joining Raytheon and later UK NATS, the British airspace operator. Following graduate studies at George Mason University, Van participated in executive programs at Thunderbird School of Management in AZ and Cranfield School of Management in the UK. He has served as EIR and economic advisor to both Mayors of Los Angeles and the City of El Segundo, the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Southern California Innovation, and the MIT Enterprise Forum.
Jacqueline Good is the Founder and CEO of Magnestar Inc. Founded in December 2021, the company focuses on building a clearing house of interference vectors to establish clear paths of communications for all existing and new satellite operators.
Jacqueline leverages her diverse educational background, performance in enterprise technical sales and vast network, to lead the Magnestar world class team. Within her career, she has built data architecture for over four dozen organizations across Canada, the US and China, led the development of six software applications and she recently left a senior leadership role at one of Canada’s largest pension funds to pursue her passion for space, sustainability and entrepreneurship.
Jacqueline enjoys running, yoga, competitive hockey and is an executive committee member at the Royal Ontario Museum.Iain Goodridge
Iain Goodridge is a seasoned professional and currently the Senior Director of Radio Frequency Geolocation Products at Spire Global. With a focus on the development and marketing of cutting-edge radio frequency geolocation solutions, Iain brings over a decade of expertise in the industry. Known for his strategic mindset and innovative approach, he has successfully launched groundbreaking products into existing markets, solidifying his reputation as a leader in the field. Iain’s dedication, outside-the-box thinking, and relentless pursuit of the next big move make him an invaluable asset to the team.Justin Luczyk
Justin Luczyk has two decades of space and military communications experience focused on meeting the needs of the DOD and US Government customers. His wide-ranging expertise encompasses both ground and space RF and optical communications technologies. Prior to his current role, Mr. Luczyk led the optical communications business at Space Micro. Previously, Mr. Luczyk served in a wide variety of business development and program management roles at Viasat, focused on protected communications and high throughput satellite services. Before joining industry, Mr. Luczyk served as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer, completing three combat tours. He holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, and an MBA from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.