Tess is an investor based in the Silicon Valley office primarily focused on frontier tech, specifically commercial space, drones, and autonomous vehicles. She currently serves as a board director for Phantom Auto and a board observer for Impossible Aerospace, Iris Automation, Rocket Lab, Spire, Velo3D, Forever Oceans, and Smule.
Previously, she was a mission manager at SpaceX where she worked with the government on integrating its payloads with the Falcon9 rocket. She also worked at Fictiv, a startup using 3D printing and CNC machining to democratize access to manufacturing.
Tess earned a Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering from Stanford. She is passionate about space exploration and imagines a future where we all travel to space. She hopes to make the trip herself soon.