Who We Are

Working to Build the World We Imagine

The Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) is an organization of innovators and changemakers, dedicated to building a more accessible world. We’re a global, mission-driven team of technologists, scientists, designers, product developers, marketers, and more, working to shape the future of the global financial system. If that inspires you, come join us!

The Foundation Team


Meet the SDF leadership team who guide the foundation on its pursuit to make the Stellar network and ecosystem a success.

Candace Kelly

Chief Legal and Policy Officer

David Mazières

Founder and Chief Scientist

Denelle Dixon

CEO and Executive Director

Jason Chlipala

Chief Business Officer

Jed McCaleb

Founder and Chief Architect

Jordan Edelstein


Justin Rice

VP of Ecosystem

Lisa Macnew

VP of People

Liz Ray


Nicolas Barry


Tomer Weller

VP of Product

Lauren Thorbjornsen

Chief of Staff, Vice President

Board of Directors

Jed McCaleb

Co-Founder and Chief Architect at Stellar Development Foundation

Lin-Hua Wu

SVP and Chief Communications Officer at General Motors

Ronaldo Lemos

Professor of International and Public Affairs and Partner at PNM Advogados

Ginger Baker

Head of Financial Access at Plaid

Asiff Hirji

President of MoonPay


Patrick Collison

CEO of Stripe

Sam Altman

CEO of OpenAI

Naval Ravikant

Founder of AngelList

Matt Mullenweg

Founder of WordPress.com

Greg Stein

Director at the Apache Software Foundation

Keith Rabois

General Partner at Founders Fund

Bhagwan Chowdhry

Professor at UCLA Anderson

Dan Kaminsky





Interested in joining the team? Learn more about career opportunities at SDF.