Ellie Joo

Ellie Joo leads marketing and policy for Taara at X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory. Taara is X’s moonshot to bring affordable high-speed internet to underserved communities around the world by using a new approach to wireless optical communication technology, or beams of light. Ellie joined Taara in 2017, helping operationalize the project in India and Africa, building strategic partnerships, and driving global marketing efforts with telcos and internet service providers. As a spokesperson, Ellie evangelizes X’s moonshot mindset and 10X thinking across various storytelling channels to help with recruiting and propelling innovation. 

Prior to X, Ellie worked at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center, in lean process improvement across the university healthcare system and conducting public health research in the field of hyperbaric medicine for critically ill patients. Ellie has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at UCLA and a Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis for Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.