Enlightenment Capital, a manager focused on defense and government technology, hired former Central Intelligence Agency officer and third-party presidential candidate Evan McMullin as a principal.
McMullin will focus on deal opportunities in the West Coast and Mountain West regions, areas with military bases, national laboratories and other facilities that offer opportunities in the sector.
“Evan has an exceptional background in public service and engagement in matters of national security. He brings increased geographic reach outside of markets in the Washington DC region. His network and expertise are an important addition to our growing firm,” said Enlightenment Capital founder and managing partner Devin Talbott.
McMullin was an undercover officer with the CIA, where he led various operations in North America, the Near East and Asia, according to a biography provided by Enlightenment Capital. McMullin later spent time as a senior adviser to Congress on national security issues and as a chief policy director for the House Republicans, according to the bio.
McMullin also ran for president as an independent candidate in 2016 and later as a Senate candidate in Utah.
He also has a background in finance, having worked in the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs out of its San Francisco Office. While there, he worked on M&A and capital raising activities for industrial, consumer products, renewable energy and other clients, according to his bio.
McMullin also was a term member of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations.
Enlightenment Capital closed on its fourth flagship fund last year at more than $540 million, according to the firm.
In a recent deal, Enlightenment-backed Boecore added-on Orbit Logic, which develops mission planning and scheduling software for satellite ground systems. Boecore is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.