Charlie McGillis

Charlie McGillis

Vice President, Public Sector
The Provenance Chain Network

Charlie McGillis serves as Vice President of our Public Sector at The Provenance Chain™ Network, a pioneering start-up dedicated to granting people the fundamental right to know the facts about the
products they buy, consume and use because their lives depend on it.

Ms. McGillis is responsible for developing strategy, expanding our business and product development activities, and gathering, prioritizing, and integrating product and service requirements for our customers with our product development efforts.

Ms. McGillis is a dynamic senior executive boasting over three decades of experience in defense and
leadership roles. Charlie is a partner at Elara Nova, where her passion for the national security space
mission propels impactful advancements in our world and beyond. Charlie serves on the TraCSS Independent Review Board for Department of Commerce, Mentor for Creative Destruction Lab Space
Sector, and Advisor on the Irregular Warfare Initiative’s Project Air Power.

Throughout her illustrious career, Charlie has held various high-profile positions, including Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Strategy at Slingshot Aerospace and Vice President of Business Development, achieving remarkable growth in new business development under her leadership. Notably, she provided consultancy services to the CSpOC Commercial Integration Cell, facilitating enhanced coordination between seven Commercial Satellite Operators and the United States Government. With over 26 years in the United States Air Force, she retired as a Colonel, culminating her service as the Director of Intelligence at Fourteenth Air Force (Space), overseeing intelligence operations crucial to supporting Air Force space forces.

Charlie’s educational background is equally impressive, holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, along with postgraduate studies in
Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, Military Arts and Sciences, and a Master of Strategic
Studies from esteemed military institutions.

As a recognized expert in defense operations and intelligence, Charlie is a sought-after speaker at
conferences, advocating for advancements in space sustainability, security, and safety. Her contributions have earned her accolades, including recognition as one of the Top 30 Space Executives to Watch in 2021.

She actively contributes to the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) as co-lead for the committee on Space Traffic Management Conference and as a member of the Commission 5 on Space Policies, Law & Economics.

Beyond her professional commitments, Charlie is dedicated to promoting STEM initiatives for girls
through her involvement with AstraFemina and teaching at summer camps sponsored by the American
Association of University Women. She also participates in the SpaceHero Insider Program, championing
global efforts to advance space exploration for humanity’s benefit.

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