Washington, D.C. – Thursday, November 4, 2021 – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) elected new Board leadership and officers at its Board of Directors this week in Washington, D.C.
Caryn Schenewerk was elected as CSF Chair. Schenewerk is Vice President for Government Affairs at Relativity Space.
Mark Mozena, Senior Director for Government Affairs at Planet, will serve as Vice Chair. Mike Gold, Executive Vice President for Civil Space and External Affairs at Redwire Space, is CSF’s new Treasurer.
The 2021 CSF officers are: Sirisha Bandla, Virgin Galactic; Karen Cox, Maxar; Mat Dunn, SpaceX; Janet Kavandi, Sierra Space.; Travis Langster, COMSPOC; Taber MacCallum, Space Perspective; Megan Mitchell, Blue Origin; and Jillianne Pierce, Space Florida.
“We welcome Caryn and look forward to her leadership during what promises to be yet another extraordinary, record-breaking year for the commercial space industry,” said Karina Drees, CSF President. Schenewerk has extensive experience in space operations for several commercial space companies and working with federal agencies, the White House, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill on a variety of policy and regulatory issues.
Schenewerk succeeds Blue Origin’s Audrey Powers who served as CSF chairwoman since September 2020. “Audrey’s leadership, tireless efforts, and invaluable insights have been instrumental for CSF over the past 15 months,” said Drees. “Audrey has been a mentor to me – personally and professionally – particularly in my role as CSF president.”
This year marks 15 years since CSF was founded in 2006 with 10 member companies. As the leading voice for the commercial space industry, CSF has grown to 90 members. New members in 2021 included Astra, COMSPOC, and Redwire. Associate members joining this year included: Arctos, Burns and McDonnell, Foundation for the Future, GeoOptics, MyRadar, Solstar Space, USNC Tech, and Venturi Astrolab. Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine joined as a Research and Education Affiliate.
“We are extremely appreciative of the time and commitment from all CSF members — especially the Board of Directors and Executive Committee members — to guide and grow the organization and support policies that encourage commercial innovation and continued expansion to further democratize space for all,” concluded Drees.
About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is the leading voice for the commercial spaceflight industry. Founded in 2006, CSF and its 90+ members are laying the foundation for a sustainable space economy and democratizing access to space for scientists, students, civilians, and businesses. CSF members are responsible for the creation of thousands of high-tech jobs driven by billions of dollars in investment. Through the promotion of technology innovation, CSF is guiding the expansion of Earth’s economic sphere, bolstering U.S. leadership in aerospace, and inspiring America’s next generation of engineers and explorers.