Carissa Christensen

Chief Executive Officer


Carissa Christensen is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of BryceTech. She previously co-founded defense company The Tauri Group, acquired by LMI in 2019, and quantum computing software company QxBranch, acquired by Rigetti Computing in 2019. She is an active investor who serves on several early-stage boards.

Ms. Christensen is an internationally recognized expert on R&D processes, technology forecasting, and the space economy. She has served on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council since 2018. She is a Senior Advisor to the annual US Space Force Schriever Wargame and a member of the Advisory Council of Aerospace Corporation's Center for Space Policy and Strategy. She has previously served on the Defense Innovation Board Space Committee and the National Research Council Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable, which advises NASA.

Ms. Christensen guest lectures at universities internationally, including Harvard Business School, the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, and the Australian Defence Force Academy at University of New South Wales. She has testified before Congress and the UK Parliament on space markets and is an expert witness on launch and satellite, including on behalf of the US Air Force. She publishes extensively, is often cited in media including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Wired, and the Economist, and has appeared in space documentaries by the Financial Times and Bloomberg.

Ms. Christensen is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School, where she specialized in science and technology policy—where she was classmates with Bryce CFO Mark Herzing and COO Ian Dickinson. She attended the London School of Economics and was a Douglass Scholar at Rutgers University. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.