Rachel Cheetham | Regional Director, MD5: National Security Technology Accelerator


MD5 is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) program office that collaborates with partners from major research universities and the venture community to provide solutions to the real-world problems of warfighters. Through it’s three portfolios, Education, Collaboration and Acceleration, MD5 offers programs and services that facilitate catalytic collisions between military innovators and non-traditional problem-solvers. As MD5’s Rocky Mountain Regional Director, Mrs. Cheetham engages with military customers and community partners in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, and the Dakotas to ensure the region’s best ideas, talent and technology are applied to critical problems of national security.

Previous to her role with MD5, Mrs. Cheetham served as the Chief of Staff at Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems where she worked with the executive team to coordinate strategy development and execution. Mrs. Cheetham received a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Economics from New Mexico State University and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

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