Meet our amazing team.
CEO & Co-Founder
Benson Co-Founded Motiv Power Systems, which was awarded Fast Company’s “World Changing Ideas Award” for transportation in 2019. He also served as an early member of the Lucid Motors team, where he spent two-and-a-half years designing luxury electric cars. Benson then joined SpaceX, designing and building advanced battery systems for spaceships, rockets, and satellites.
Benson attended Harvey Mudd College, earning a Bachelor’s of Science Engineering, and later, the University of Minnesota for his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering.
Chief Marketing Officer
After building a successful career in the television industry as a Producer, Debbie left the entertainment industry and with her husband, she Co-Founded Fresh Brothers, a 26-unit chain of pizzerias located in Southern Calfornia. She served as Fresh Brothers CMO for ten years. In 2020, Debbie joined the Stellar Pizza team as the CMO. Debbie attended Emerson College.
Director of Culinary Operations
Ted served as the Executive Chef & Director of Food Services at SpaceX for ten years. He garnered critical acclaim at his restaurants in Chicago, Grace, and Elaine, including being named “Best New Chef in America” by Food & Wine Magazine. He attended Loyola University in Chicago and the Culinary Institute of America.
Head of HR
Melody comes from a background managing Human Resource functions at companies like Hyperloop One, Virgin Galactic, and SpaceX. Melody has spent the majority of her career in the start-up space. Melody attended Cal State Dominguez Hills, where she studied Human Resource Management.
Head of Software
Josh spent seven years at SpaceX developing software to automate the design of avionics systems. He later joined inVia Robotics and developed their Automated Storage and Retrieval System. Josh also sits on the board of Blue Robotics.
Josh attended the University of Southern California and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.
Chief of Staff
Alexis attended USC, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations Global Business and a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. During her Master’s Degree program, she was a graduate analyst for the USC Marshall Venture Fund, investing in early-stage ventures. After graduating, Alexis was selected as a Fellow of the PledgeLA Venture Capital Fellowship, where she spent the summer interning for an LA-based VC firm that invested in early-stage ventures, and helped founders develop their business models and market strategies. Alexis joined the Stellar team as the first non-SpaceX hire in 2020.