Heather Richman is a seasoned corporate development and strategy expert with a longstanding focus on the intersection of national security, rapid innovation, and tech. Richman has a diverse background including time spent on Capitol Hill, in academia, and in the national security innovation sector. She spent six years in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York.
Richman managed government relations for Stanford University which included creation and implementation of state & federal government affairs and outreach strategies for the newly formed Precourt Institute for Energy. She was a founding team member of Elemental Excelerator, now the energy arm of Emerson Collective, which was initially funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in 2012. Elemental has leveraged Navy’s initial $30M investment to accelerate 83 portfolio companies and raise more than $650M in private and corporate 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 commercialize impactful, national security- focused solutions.