Kelli Kedis Ogborn drives organizational and product growth through leadership roles in disruptive technology commercialization of space and defense innovations. With extensive experience in R&D and cutting-edge technology applications for the U.S. government and private sector, her qualitative and quantitative methodologies guide organizations that are transitioning from development ecosystems to market capitalization.
As Vice President of Space Commerce and Entrepreneurship at Space Foundation, Kedis Ogborn leverages her expertise to spearhead Space Commerce Institute, an initiative designed to deliver informed insight and actionable programming to help companies and individuals find their market share and grow within the burgeoning space economy. Prior to joining Space Foundation, Kedis Ogborn was President and Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Rockets Corporation (an aerospace company specializing in hypersonic flight), President and Chief Executive Officer of H.S. Dracones (a consulting company specializing in technology commercialization), and was contracted as the Congressional Liaison to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In the DARPA liaison role, she provided advice to senior leadership and technical offices on Congressional engagement strategies to maintain the agency’s position and reputation as a premier science and technology organization.
Kedis Ogborn is an often-published author on the market applications of innovation and has worked extensively as an authoritative voice within the emerging space economy - qualifying and quantifying the economic drivers and technology trends driving the industry forward and shaping its investment potential and growth. She is a frequent panel reviewer and technology assessor for commercialization merit of government R&D proposals, mentor for entrepreneurs, and speaker for STEM initiatives.
She holds an International Security and Conflict Resolution Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University, a Political Science Bachelor’s Degree from Stockholm University, and a Master’s Degree in Government and Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She resides in Washington, DC.