My name is Joseph Van Valen. I have proudly served for the last 13 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. I am currently a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I previously served as an Air Force Special Air Missions Pilot, operating highly-sensitive C-32 (Boeing 757) missions in support of our nation’s most senior leaders. I also served as a White House Fellow in the Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2018-2019, where I led transportation-related policy for The White House. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the White House Fellows Foundation.
I am an Air Force pilot and FAA licensed Airline Transport Pilot with extensive experience operating high-performance, multi-engine jet aircraft for the Air Force.
I studied Computer Science at Stanford University (undergraduate) and Criminology, Law & Society at University of California, Irvine (graduate). Prior to my Air Force career, I spent several years in the tech industry working as a Senior Software Engineer for AOL.