CEOUSGIF Board Vice Chair
John Serafini is the Chief Executive Officer of HawkEye 360, the leading developer of space-based radio frequency (RF) mapping and analytics capabilities. John founded the company and has served as the CEO since company incorporation in 2015. Since inception, HawkEye has raised over $130m of private capital; the company’s constellation is operating on-orbit; and the company is currently servicing a variety of important US Government customers through the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.
In a 12-year career as a venture capitalist and start-up operator, he has founded and/or served as the CEO for 10 venture-capital technology companies each with thematic focus upon the national security, defense and intelligence sectors. His investment activities and management expertise center upon the intersection of profit-maximizing private capital and the unique requirements and R&D capabilities of the U.S. Government.
Most recently, John served as Senior Vice President of Allied Minds, where he led the formation of and the investment into HawkEye 360, along with other Allied Minds companies such as BridgeSat, Federated Wireless, Percipient Networks (acquired WatchGuard), Optio Labs, and Whitewood Encryption Systems.
Previously at Good Harbor Consulting, John partnered with Paladin Capital and The Honorable Richard A. Clarke, the former White House special adviser to three U.S. Presidential Administrations, as a venture capital/growth equity investor and M&A specialist with sector concentration in cybersecurity and expertise managing investments impacted by U.S. national security regulations.
John is a former Airborne Ranger–qualified U.S. Army infantry officer with duty station assignments at the 82nd Airborne Division and UNCSB-JSA of the Korean DMZ. A former Boston 40 Under 40 awardee, John serves as a Trustee of the Judge Baker Children’s Center and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the West Point Class of 1998 Memorial Scholarship Fund and as a Member of the Board of Advisors for the National Security Space Association and the Home Base Program.
John earned a B.S. degree with highest honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School, and an M.P.A. degree from the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He is also a chartered financial analyst and a chartered alternative investment analyst. John lives in Hingham, Massachusetts, with his wife, Daniele, and their four children and is slowly making his way through climbing the 7 Summits- the tallest mountain on each of the 7 continents.