Heather Richman is a seasoned corporate development and strategy expert with a longstanding focus on the intersection of national security, technology, and investment. Post-9/11, while managing appropriations for U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (NY), she focused on the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan and helped set up the Department of Homeland Security from a funding standpoint. She ran government relations for Stanford University and was a founding team member of the $30M Navy initiative, Elemental Excelerator, where she leveraged more than $900M in private capital.
Richman now serves as Entrepreneur in Residence for BMNT Partners where she leverages her experience and vast network to build vibrant ecosystems of entrepreneurs, investors, and experts to rapidly transition impactful, national security/dual-use focused solutions for internal USDOD and Intelligence Community clients. In 2019 she launched the Defense Investor Network in response to investor and family office concern around certain transactions involving foreign investment in the United States, in order to determine the effects of such transactions on the national security of the United States and create alternative pathways.