Ellen Chang, BMNT
Ellen Chang is the Vice President and Head of H4X Labs, a division of BMNT. In this position, she leads this mission driven/dual-use accelerator that works with government and corporate partners to solve key challenges, often around building up national competitiveness. It has launched initiatives such as Hacking for Allies and has worked with SBIR programs, coalescing partners to come together to accelerate solutions to challenges in these domains. Ellen is also a space domain investor and enthusiast, and runs Syndicate 708, a Deep Tech investment syndicate with an aerospace focus. She has invested in and supported over twenty space-domain startups and actively advises while also conducting research and speaking about the space sector.
Ellen started her career as an officer in the U.S. Navy where she served as an intelligence officer. She later joined JP Morgan where, as a banker, she worked with the aerospace team, and, for a short period, in a pilot group that facilitated investing in start-ups. Amidst the dot-com era, Ellen founded a start-up in the aviation industry where the team focused on building a B2B aviation part sourcing and brokerage focused on business jets. On the heels of the dot-com-bust, Ellen was recalled into the Navy to support Desert Storm II. Following this recall, she jointed Northrop Grumman. During her 12 years at Northrop Grumman, she held positions as a systems engineer and program manager. Her work included design and development of autonomous systems ranging from the Global Hawk to the Unmanned Carrier-based unmanned aerial system.
Ellen holds a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School. Ellen loves to run, taste wine, and travel. She is also co-founder of Wharton Aerospace and runs the innovation-ventures focused Wharton Aerospace Ventures conference at Wharton San Francisco.