Van Espahbodi

Starburst Aerospace Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Van Espahbodi is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Starburst Aerospace. He is uniting early-stage technology innovators with private investment to modernize infrastructure in mobility, communications, and intelligence. Van Espahbodi launched Starburst's first US office in Los Angeles in 2015. He has 16+ years of experience in aerospace, identifying future trends, shaping product strategy and investment trade policies. Having worked in government and corporate strategy positions in both defense and commercial aviation markets, Van Espahbodi started his career as a congressional aide before joining Raytheon and later UK NATS, the British air navigation service provider. Following graduate studies at George Mason University, Van participated in executive programs at Thunderbird School of Management in AZ and Cranfield School of Management in the UK. He currently serves as a member of the Economic Development Advisory Council for the City of El Segundo and the Advisory Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum.