...A Minority-Majority company headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA.
Leah La Salla, CEO & Technical Founder
Leah is a self-taught polyglot software architect with a background in super-precision tool & die machining and CAD design, both in Austin and Chicago. She built Astral’s original prototype in between assembling the company team out of the personal and professional network built over the course of the last fifteen years. Leah got started in the tech industry long before there were any initiatives trying to bring women into development. She's served as mentor to over a hundred mentees, and as the LAMP/Js curriculum advisor for the Ada Academy. AKA Open Sorcercess.
Josè La Placa Amigò, COO & Co-Founder
Josè grew up in Puerto Rico, and is a USAF war veteran. He has specialized experience in installation, fault isolation, and reconstitution of fixed cable and wireless distribution systems as an off-site engineer - and has survived getting shot at. Josè manages our international and Spanish-speaking strategic partnerships along with WAN network engineering for line-of-sight development. He is also a longtime volunteer and foster parent with the Santa Rosa Dog Den Rescue, helping countless dogs find forever homes - including Puppero, Astral's mascot.
Kaitlyn came to us via Zirtual Assistants, and the rest is history. She’s behind the scenes in complex calendaring and secretarial sorcery that multiplies Astral’s success. Based in Northern Colorado, Kaitlyn is our Executive Assistant and works across multiple time zones and locations - at the heart of Astral.
Astral's first employee, Mary brings a Human Development degree and 25 years experience in community education and strategic facilitation (via Austin, L.A., and abroad). As Chief Product Officer & Chief of Staff she focuses on product vision, team comms, and company culture. Also known as “Miracle Mary”.
Nate graduated with honors from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He's also recognized for the highest ethical standards and professional ability by his Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating. Nate overviews our legal matters from his office (a few blocks away from Astral's HQ) as our Chief General Counsel.
Michael is our business partner from Canada by way of UT Austin’s Longhorn Startup Lab - an intensive, project-based course for student entrepreneurs who are building scalable technology companies. Michael brings an MBA to Astral's deployment for holo-edge success in all areas of finance at our Austin HQ.
As Fractional CMO, Alik overviews and designs all our GovTech brand development for representing Astral to the world. An ex-Apple specialist he understands where hardware & software meet in holo edge drones. Alik's liaising with Astral on a variety of fronts to expand our lifesaving reach and public relations capacities.
Joe Dobson Jr.
As Director of Engineering, Joe manages our Chicago satellite office and reps Astral at events in the Great Lakes region. He brings an additional MBA to Astral as well as a background in super-precision fabrication & aeronautics, and directs cross-functional collaborations on behalf of our business model.
Camila is our Aeronautical Engineer. She studied at Pontifical Bolivarian University in Medillen, Colombia and expands our Spanish-speaking collaborations. With Camila’s background including experience in aerial structures, materials, and flight dynamics - her expertise informs our production & technical writing.
Tarun leads our holographic implementations as CV AI PhD, working via telepresence. Currently a Visiting Fellow (Deep Learning) at Singapore University of Technology & Design, Tarun completed undergrad and graduate degrees at Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, India.
Anita is a USAF veteran with a background in music & photography. As Director of Social Media, she's the primary driver behind Astral’s ability to quantify its traction with analytics. Formerly an elected Board member in the Tampa metro area, she's also served on several political campaigns.
Torey is our Content Design Intern working for Astral from New Hampshire. Her background is in creative writing, marketing, and customer service. Torey develops Astral’s messaging and visual graphics through learning by doing, and dreaming up new ideas.
Peter is a USAF veteran with an MBA in Global Entrepreneurship, along with being a certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Project Management Professional (PMP). As Product Manager Peter handles our preparation for successful scaling to produce aerial lifesaving & security tools for the world.
With 30+ years experience as a company Controller and Consultant in business communications along with a background in the arts, Lyrae is our Grant Writer. She brings her stellar talents to Astral's municipal & state funding opportunities, and also collaborates on PR.
Robbie is a holographic developer, and a former co-worker of Leah's. He brings his expertise in technology to his role as Lead Pinch Hitter, helping Astral cross the finish line as an earlystage startup disrupting the status quo.