General Peter Pace
Chairman of the Board
General Pace has been Chairman of the Board since December 2021 and has served as a member of Rigetti’s board of directors since June 2017. General Pace served as the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2005-2007, the first Marine to hold this position. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. General Pace received a B.S. in engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an M.S.A. in computer science from The George Washington University. General Pace also serves on the boards of public companies AAR Corp and Qualys, Inc.
Mr. Clifton currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Supernova. Prior to that he was a senior investment professional at The Carlyle Group from 2010 to 2020 as a member of its flagship U.S. Buyout team where he helped lead Carlyle’s investing activities in the technology and business services sectors. During his tenure he worked on transactions involving companies in multiple sectors, including enterprise software, FinTech and IT services. He has served on four private boards and has been a board observer of a public company. Over his career, Mr. Clifton has been involved in transactions with a total value in excess of $30 billion, including multiple leveraged buyouts, growth investments, carve-outs, and turnarounds. Mr. Clifton has substantial public market experience and has helped lead the public exits of three portfolio companies, representing the sale of over $5 billion in equity. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Clifton worked at two mid-market private equity firms, as well as in the M&A group of Bank of America Securities. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in classics from Davidson College, and an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.
Mr. Cowan has served as a member of Rigetti’s board of directors since April 2021. Mr. Cowan is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners and co-founder of VeriSign, Good Technology, and Defense.net. He is a two-time graduate of Harvard University, earning degrees in computer science and math and an MBA. He serves on several non-profit boards, including Center for Inquiry and the Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, as well as numerous boards of companies in which Bessemer Venture Partners has invested.
Alissa M. Fitzgerald
Ms. Fitzgerald has served as a member of Rigetti’s board of directors since April 2018. She has also served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Member of A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates, LLC, a consulting services firm for product development and technology. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Transducer Research Foundation since 2016. Ms. Fitzgerald received a PhD. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University and an M.S. and B.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Ray O. Johnson
Dr. Johnson has served as a member of Rigetti’s board of directors since August 2019. He has served as Operating Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners since July 2020, after joining Bessemer Venture Partners as an Executive In Residence in June 2015. Prior to that, Dr. Johnson served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation from July 2006 to February 2015. He also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. from June 2005 to July 2006 and as Senior Vice President and Business Unit General Manager at SAIC from January 1996 to June 2005. Dr. Johnson received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University and a PhD. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology.
Ms. McCarthy has served as a member of Rigetti’s board of directors since July 2021. Ms. McCarthy is currently President and CEO of Cross Tack Consulting, a strategy consulting firm. Ms. McCarthy has extensive executive level experience at both public and private companies, including a publicly traded company, SM&A, a consulting firm specializing in business capture and program support services for clients in aerospace, defense, homeland security and information services. Ms. McCarthy served on the board of directors, compensation committee, and audit committee of Solta Medical, Inc., from 2009-2013, prior to its merger with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. She currently serves as a board member and audit committee chair of the Middleby Corporation, a publicly-traded leader in the foodservice equipment industry.
Founder and CEO
Dr. Chad Rigetti is a quantum computing entrepreneur and physicist and the founder and CEO of Rigetti. Since founding the company in 2013, Dr. Rigetti has led the company to become a preeminent global leader in quantum computing. He has raised more than $200M in venture funding, built a world class leadership team and board, and institutionalized the company’s pioneering innovation capabilities. Prior to Rigetti, Dr. Rigetti worked in the quantum computing group at IBM Research. Dr. Rigetti’s research focused on the development of novel silicon-based chip architectures, control schemes, and system-level designs for practical quantum computing systems. He is an inventor of 38 issued U.S. patents and author of more than 20 peer reviewed scientific publications with more than 4,000 citations. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Yale University and a B.S. in Physics with Honors from the University of Regina.
H. Gail Sandford
Since April 2022, Ms. Sandford has served as an independent consultant. From December 2017 until April 2022, Ms. Sandford served as Vice President Operations and then Chief Operations Officer for Recros Medica, an aesthetic medical device startup. Prior to joining Recros Medica, Ms. Sandford served as Chief Operating Officer of PFMG Solar, a leading solar developer in the municipal and school market from April 2011 to January 2017. She has also served as Vice President at SM&A, a consulting firm specialized in helping companies win and perform on government contracts from March 2005 to April 2011, and as Director of Proprietary Programs at Boeing where she led a program to deliver a novel classified space system from January 2004 to March 2005. Ms. Sandford holds a BS in Physics from North Georgia College, an MS in Engineering from The George Washington University, and an MBA from University of Southern California.