Lisa Ellman serves as Executive Director of the Commercial Drone Alliance, an independent non-profit organization led by key figures of the commercial drone industry.
She also chairs the Global Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group at the global law firm Hogan Lovells, where she’s a leading public policy lawyer focusing on domestic drones, advanced air mobility (AAM) and other emerging technologies. Lisa is widely recognized as one of the “world’s foremost authorities on drones and law.” Lisa’s focus is safely expanding the commercial drone and AAM industries. She also focuses on UAS security efforts. Lisa co-founded the Domestic Drone Security Summit Series, bringing together national security agencies with industry to explore collaboration opportunities around drone security.
Throughout her career, Lisa has worked to bridge government policymaking and business innovation. Lisa has held a variety of positions at top levels of the executive branch at the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Lisa led DOJ’s effort to develop policy that would govern the use of UAS in the United States and participated in the federal interagency group tasked with integrating UAS into the National Airspace System. Lisa’s opinions are often featured in publications and news broadcasts such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Associated Press and others. Lisa was featured in Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women” series for her efforts to develop policy to govern drone use in the U.S.