Sarah Mineiro is the founder and CEO of Tanagra Enterprises a defense, intelligence, space, science and technology consulting firm based in the national capital region. Sarah has worked within the national security and defense sector for over 20 years. Over her career Sarah has worked in venture capital backed private industry, the Executive, and Legislative branches of government.
Previously, Sarah was the Senior Director of Space Strategy for Anduril Industries, a hypergrowth VC-backed defense unicorn specializing in AI/ML enabled defense technologies. Sarah was responsible for developing the company’s space strategy, aligning internal company resources to product development, and business development.
Sarah was the Staff Lead for the Strategic Forces Subcommittee for the House Armed Service Committee (HASC). She led the Subcommittee’s legislative and oversight activities of all Department of Defense and Military Intelligence Program space programs, U.S. nuclear weapons, missile defense, directed energy, and hypersonic systems. Sarah was the senior legislative advisor to Chairman Mac Thornberry on all strategic forces issues. In this role she was the primary drafter and negotiator of the Space Force and Space Command legislation for the House Republicans.
Prior to joining the HASC, Sarah served in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSDP) , the Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs (SAF/IA) and she started her career as an intelligence analyst for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center in Dayton, Ohio. She was the lead employment analyst on foreign counterspace systems including space situational awareness sensors, directed energy, and kinetic kill vehicle systems.
Sarah is a board member of the Space Force Association and National Defense University Foundation. She has been awarded Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civil Service. She has served on the Defense Innovation Board, and currently serves on the board of advisors for several space start-ups. She is an Executive Mentor with the Zed Factor fellowship, a newly established nonprofit seeking to increase participation of underrepresented communities, including women of color and LGBTQ+ individuals, in the space ecosystem. Sarah is also a Senior Fellow with the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies as well as an adjunct senior fellow with the Aersopace Security Project at CSIS.