Keenan Johnson

Keenan Johnson

Keenan is a former Startup Success Manager with Third Derivative. Third Derivative is a global, vertically integrated engine for climate innovation. We bring startups, investors, corporations, and market, regulatory, and policy insights into the same program, working closely together toward a common goal: to increase the success and speed to market for climate innovation.


Keenan is an experienced engineering leader and mentor who has worked on hardware/software problems in the universe’s most extreme environments. He serves on the board at OrbitFab and mentors hard tech startups through accelerators like Techstars and Cleantech Open. He also has extensive government policy experience through the Policy Hackers Fellowship. Previously, he led the robotics software team at Bedrock Ocean Exploration, a public benefit corporation developing autonomous underwater vehicles to map the ocean floor. Prior to that, he was a founder and Head of Engineering at Impossible Aerospace, an American company working to end the age of kerosene propulsion and fully electrify all air transport. He led the development program of the US-1, the world’s longest-endurance fully-electric drone. From 2013 to 2017, he worked on the launch and flight software teams at SpaceX as a Software Engineer and Mission Control Operator where he worked to mass-produce and operate the world’s first orbital-class rocket capable of reuse.

Education & Awards
  • Computer Engineering Degree, Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Member of Lincoln Network’s inaugural cohort of Policy Hackers–10 tech professionals from around the country passionate about helping bridge the gap between innovators and policymakers
  • ARM Innovator through work in embedded systems in Aerospace and Robotics

Seattle, WA