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The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is to promote the development of commercial human spaceflight, pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry. The Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s member companies, which include commercial spaceflight developers, operators, spaceports, suppliers, and service providers, are creating thousands of high-tech jobs nationwide, working to preserve American leadership in aerospace through technology innovation, and inspiring young people to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Board of Directors

Alan Stern
Alan Stern

Alan Stern

CSF Chairman

Alan Stern is Associate Vice President of the Southwest Research Institute’s Space Science and Engineering Division in Boulder, Colo, and chair of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG).Stern previously served as NASA’s Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate. As chief executive of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Stern directed a wide variety of research and scientific exploration programs for Earth studies, space weather, the solar system and the universe beyond.Stern is a planetary scientist and an author who has published more than 175 technical papers and 40 popular articles.Stern has a long association with NASA, serving as the principal investigator on a number of planetary and lunar missions, including the New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission. He was the principal investigator of the Southwest Ultraviolet Imaging System, which flew on two space shuttle missions, STS-85 in 1997 and STS-93 in 1999.

Stern holds a doctorate in astrophysics and planetary science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and planetary atmospheres and bachelor’s degrees in physics and astronomy from the University of Texas, Austin. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor, with both powered and sailplane ratings.

Alan Stern

CSF Chairman
Alan Stern

Alan Stern

CSF Chairman

Alan Stern is Associate Vice President of the Southwest Research Institute’s Space Science and Engineering Division in Boulder, Colo, and chair of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG).Stern previously served as NASA’s Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate. As chief executive of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Stern directed a wide variety of research and scientific exploration programs for Earth studies, space weather, the solar system and the universe beyond.Stern is a planetary scientist and an author who has published more than 175 technical papers and 40 popular articles.Stern has a long association with NASA, serving as the principal investigator on a number of planetary and lunar missions, including the New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission. He was the principal investigator of the Southwest Ultraviolet Imaging System, which flew on two space shuttle missions, STS-85 in 1997 and STS-93 in 1999.

Stern holds a doctorate in astrophysics and planetary science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and planetary atmospheres and bachelor’s degrees in physics and astronomy from the University of Texas, Austin. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor, with both powered and sailplane ratings.

Sean Mahoney
Sean Mahoney

Sean Mahoney

CSF Treasurer

Sean Mahoney is the CEO of Masten Space Systems, an aerospace R&D and flight services company that creates and deploys reliable, reusable rocket vehicles and components. Since joining Masten in 2010 as Director of Business Operations, Sean has focused on building a sustainable, customer-funded business. He has been instrumental in establishing Masten as one of the rising stars in the New Space movement. He served as COO during 2011-2012 and was named CEO in 2013.

Sean has over 15 years of corporate and technology industry experience, having founded and led a number of technology start-up ventures, and raised multiple rounds of private funding. Sean began his career overseeing technical sales and building internal organizations as a manager at AT&T’s Enterprise hosting division.

Sean received his MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and serves in a leadership capacity for a number of entrepreneurship and environmental non-profit organizations.

Sean Mahoney

CSF Treasurer
Sean Mahoney

Sean Mahoney

CSF Treasurer

Sean Mahoney is the CEO of Masten Space Systems, an aerospace R&D and flight services company that creates and deploys reliable, reusable rocket vehicles and components. Since joining Masten in 2010 as Director of Business Operations, Sean has focused on building a sustainable, customer-funded business. He has been instrumental in establishing Masten as one of the rising stars in the New Space movement. He served as COO during 2011-2012 and was named CEO in 2013.

Sean has over 15 years of corporate and technology industry experience, having founded and led a number of technology start-up ventures, and raised multiple rounds of private funding. Sean began his career overseeing technical sales and building internal organizations as a manager at AT&T’s Enterprise hosting division.

Sean received his MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and serves in a leadership capacity for a number of entrepreneurship and environmental non-profit organizations.

Tim Hughes
Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes

CSF Officer

Tim Hughes leads the legal, regulatory, and global policy efforts at SpaceX. Joining in 2005 as the company’s first in‐house counsel, Tim has defined SpaceX’s legal and government affairs functions from the ground up, helping to take the company from true start‐up to one of the world’s most recognizable and innovative technology firms. Based in Washington, DC, his responsibilities span the company’s broad corporate, contracting, export control, insurance, litigation and launch licensing portfolios, as well as SpaceX’s domestic and international policy agenda.

Prior to joining SpaceX, Tim served as Majority Counsel to the Committee on Science and Technology in the United States House of Representatives. In this capacity, he provided counsel to the Science Committee, with a particular focus on the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee and Space Shuttle Columbia accident investigation. Tim was the principal attorney responsible for drafting and shepherding the passage of ground‐breaking commercial human spaceflight legislation, the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004 (P.L. 108‐492), which established the legal and regulatory framework for commercial human spaceflight in the United States.
A graduate of William and Mary Law School and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Tim previously served as a senior associate with the Communications and Litigation groups of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, as well as in the Office of the Chief Counsel for the United States Secret Service.

Tim Hughes

CSF Officer
Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes

CSF Officer

Tim Hughes leads the legal, regulatory, and global policy efforts at SpaceX. Joining in 2005 as the company’s first in‐house counsel, Tim has defined SpaceX’s legal and government affairs functions from the ground up, helping to take the company from true start‐up to one of the world’s most recognizable and innovative technology firms. Based in Washington, DC, his responsibilities span the company’s broad corporate, contracting, export control, insurance, litigation and launch licensing portfolios, as well as SpaceX’s domestic and international policy agenda.

Prior to joining SpaceX, Tim served as Majority Counsel to the Committee on Science and Technology in the United States House of Representatives. In this capacity, he provided counsel to the Science Committee, with a particular focus on the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee and Space Shuttle Columbia accident investigation. Tim was the principal attorney responsible for drafting and shepherding the passage of ground‐breaking commercial human spaceflight legislation, the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004 (P.L. 108‐492), which established the legal and regulatory framework for commercial human spaceflight in the United States.
A graduate of William and Mary Law School and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Tim previously served as a senior associate with the Communications and Litigation groups of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, as well as in the Office of the Chief Counsel for the United States Secret Service.

Jay Gibson
Jay Gibson

Jay Gibson

CSF Officer

Jay Gibson is Chief Executive Officer and President of XCOR Aerospace, overseeing its global business and operations with locations in Mojave, California and Midland, Texas as well as subsidiary XCOR Space Expeditions in Amsterdam.

Most recently Mr. Gibson served as Senior Vice President, Global Mission Support for Beechcraft Corporation in Wichita, Kansas. Additionally at Beechcraft he served as Vice President of the Special Missions Group and Vice President/CFO of the Defense unit. Prior to joining Beechcraft, he served as the Assistant Secretary of the United States Air Force, and as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Earlier in his career, Jay served in a variety of leadership and management roles in private industry.

Jay Gibson

CSF Officer
Jay Gibson

Jay Gibson

CSF Officer

Jay Gibson is Chief Executive Officer and President of XCOR Aerospace, overseeing its global business and operations with locations in Mojave, California and Midland, Texas as well as subsidiary XCOR Space Expeditions in Amsterdam.

Most recently Mr. Gibson served as Senior Vice President, Global Mission Support for Beechcraft Corporation in Wichita, Kansas. Additionally at Beechcraft he served as Vice President of the Special Missions Group and Vice President/CFO of the Defense unit. Prior to joining Beechcraft, he served as the Assistant Secretary of the United States Air Force, and as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Earlier in his career, Jay served in a variety of leadership and management roles in private industry.

Todd Lindner
Todd Lindner

Todd Lindner

CSF Officer

Todd Lindner serves as Senior Manager of Planning and Spaceport Development for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, which owns and manages Cecil Field Spaceport. In August of 2006, Mr. Lindner was assigned the task of establishing a spaceport at Cecil Field. In this role, he was responsible for the successful completion of the spaceport licensing process and oversight of the development and operation of the Cecil Field Spaceport. He has coordinated all activities related to the Cecil Field Spaceport and provided guidance on aviation and space related issues to the Authority’s Board of Directors and staff. From 1989 to 1997 Mr. Lindner served as a corporate pilot operating business jets and turboprop aircraft before transitioning into Aviation Management. In June of 2005, Mr. Lindner was employed by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) as the Administrator of Planning before being promoted to Senior Manager of Planning and Spaceport Development. Mr. Lindner graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1986 with a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace and 1998 with a Masters Degree in Aviation Management and Administration. Mr. Lindner is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Todd Lindner

CSF Officer
Todd Lindner

Todd Lindner

CSF Officer

Todd Lindner serves as Senior Manager of Planning and Spaceport Development for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, which owns and manages Cecil Field Spaceport. In August of 2006, Mr. Lindner was assigned the task of establishing a spaceport at Cecil Field. In this role, he was responsible for the successful completion of the spaceport licensing process and oversight of the development and operation of the Cecil Field Spaceport. He has coordinated all activities related to the Cecil Field Spaceport and provided guidance on aviation and space related issues to the Authority’s Board of Directors and staff. From 1989 to 1997 Mr. Lindner served as a corporate pilot operating business jets and turboprop aircraft before transitioning into Aviation Management. In June of 2005, Mr. Lindner was employed by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) as the Administrator of Planning before being promoted to Senior Manager of Planning and Spaceport Development. Mr. Lindner graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1986 with a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace and 1998 with a Masters Degree in Aviation Management and Administration. Mr. Lindner is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Taber MacCallum
Taber MacCallum

Taber MacCallum

CSF Officer

Taber MacCallum currently serves as Chief Technology Officer for World View Enterprises, Inc.. Before this position, Taber MacCallum co-founded Paragon Space Development Corporation. There, he was responsible for overseeing business development, proposals, marketing, branding, customer relations, strategic partnerships, technology development and IP. MacCallum is co-designer and patent holder for the Autonomous Biological System, a long duration plant and aquatic animal life support system. He was also the design lead for the Jet Propulsion Lab Mars Greenhouse Experiment Module (GEM) payload, and Mars GEM payload environmental control and plant life support system. He conceived and is presently involved in the design of a novel Mars space suit portable life support system technology funded by NASA, life support and thermal control systems for commercial manned orbital and suborbital spacecraft, as well as hazardous environment life support technology for U.S. Navy divers, in which he is the test diver. In 2008, Popular Science named Mr. MacCallum Inventor of the Year.

Prior to Paragon, he was a founding member of the Biosphere 2 Design, Development, Test and Operations team, and a crew member in the first two-year mission. Mr. MacCallum was responsible for the design, implementation and operation of the atmosphere and water management systems as well as the self-contained paperless analytical laboratories for Biosphere 2 that tested air, water, soil and tissue. As a crew member he served as Safety Officer, Assistant Medical Officer and Analytical Chemist, responsible for operation of all the analytical systems and much of the medical analysis and health monitoring systems.

Taber MacCallum

CSF Officer
Taber MacCallum

Taber MacCallum

CSF Officer

Taber MacCallum currently serves as Chief Technology Officer for World View Enterprises, Inc.. Before this position, Taber MacCallum co-founded Paragon Space Development Corporation. There, he was responsible for overseeing business development, proposals, marketing, branding, customer relations, strategic partnerships, technology development and IP. MacCallum is co-designer and patent holder for the Autonomous Biological System, a long duration plant and aquatic animal life support system. He was also the design lead for the Jet Propulsion Lab Mars Greenhouse Experiment Module (GEM) payload, and Mars GEM payload environmental control and plant life support system. He conceived and is presently involved in the design of a novel Mars space suit portable life support system technology funded by NASA, life support and thermal control systems for commercial manned orbital and suborbital spacecraft, as well as hazardous environment life support technology for U.S. Navy divers, in which he is the test diver. In 2008, Popular Science named Mr. MacCallum Inventor of the Year.

Prior to Paragon, he was a founding member of the Biosphere 2 Design, Development, Test and Operations team, and a crew member in the first two-year mission. Mr. MacCallum was responsible for the design, implementation and operation of the atmosphere and water management systems as well as the self-contained paperless analytical laboratories for Biosphere 2 that tested air, water, soil and tissue. As a crew member he served as Safety Officer, Assistant Medical Officer and Analytical Chemist, responsible for operation of all the analytical systems and much of the medical analysis and health monitoring systems.

Robert Bigelow
Robert Bigelow

Robert Bigelow

CSF Executive Board Member

Robert Bigelow is the founder and CEO of Bigelow Aerospace. BA is a general contracting, research and development company that concentrates on achieving economic breakthroughs in the costs associated with the design, development and construction of habitable space structures to the extent that they will be affordable for private enterprise and government use.  Mr. Bigelow provides the strategic leadership and also serves as the program manager of the B330 spacecraft.

Since the beginning of his career in real estate, the scope of Robert Bigelow’s business endeavors has included substantial ownership in banking operations, real estate acquisitions, sales, real estate brokerage, design, development, financing, general contracting and management of 23,000 apartments in five southwestern states including the extended stay hotel chain Budget Suites of America.

Mr. Bigelow remains the president and CEO of Bigelow Management Company running 7,200 apartments and other facilities, as well as the president of Bigelow Development Corporation responsible for the development of numerous office, residential, hotel, motel and industrial properties.

He graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  In addition, over the years, he has completed many post-graduate business courses.

Mr. Bigelow has numerous patents and holds a TS-SCI security clearance.

Robert Bigelow

CSF Executive Board Member
Bigelow Aerospace
Founder, CEO
Robert Bigelow

Robert Bigelow

CSF Executive Board Member

Robert Bigelow is the founder and CEO of Bigelow Aerospace. BA is a general contracting, research and development company that concentrates on achieving economic breakthroughs in the costs associated with the design, development and construction of habitable space structures to the extent that they will be affordable for private enterprise and government use.  Mr. Bigelow provides the strategic leadership and also serves as the program manager of the B330 spacecraft.

Since the beginning of his career in real estate, the scope of Robert Bigelow’s business endeavors has included substantial ownership in banking operations, real estate acquisitions, sales, real estate brokerage, design, development, financing, general contracting and management of 23,000 apartments in five southwestern states including the extended stay hotel chain Budget Suites of America.

Mr. Bigelow remains the president and CEO of Bigelow Management Company running 7,200 apartments and other facilities, as well as the president of Bigelow Development Corporation responsible for the development of numerous office, residential, hotel, motel and industrial properties.

He graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  In addition, over the years, he has completed many post-graduate business courses.

Mr. Bigelow has numerous patents and holds a TS-SCI security clearance.

Robert Meyerson
Robert Meyerson

Robert Meyerson

CSF Executive Board Member

Robert Meyerson, who serves as an officer in the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, is the President and Program Manager at Blue Origin where he has overseen the steady growth of the company since 2003.  Blue is developing reusable launch systems that land vertically using rocket engines designed and built at Blue.  Vehicles under development include the New Shepard system for suborbital human and research flights, as well as orbital human transportation systems.  Prior to joining Blue, Rob was an Integration Manager at Kistler Aerospace, responsible for the Landing and Thermal Protection systems of a privately funded two-stage Reusable Launch Vehicle, as well as all technical activities related to Kistler’s Space Launch Initiative contract with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.  Before that, Rob spent 10 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center where he worked on the Space Shuttle and X-38/Crew Rescue Vehicle programs, leading the aerodynamic design of the Orbiter Drag Parachute, as well as the overall design, integration, and flight test of a gliding parachute for the X-38 project.  He began his career as a cooperative education student at Johnson.

Rob earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Houston.  He is an AIAA Associate Fellow and former member of the Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee. He is currently a member of the Space Committee for the Museum of Flight in Seattle and is also a member the University of Washington’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Visiting Committee.

Robert Meyerson

CSF Executive Board Member
Robert Meyerson

Robert Meyerson

CSF Executive Board Member

Robert Meyerson, who serves as an officer in the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, is the President and Program Manager at Blue Origin where he has overseen the steady growth of the company since 2003.  Blue is developing reusable launch systems that land vertically using rocket engines designed and built at Blue.  Vehicles under development include the New Shepard system for suborbital human and research flights, as well as orbital human transportation systems.  Prior to joining Blue, Rob was an Integration Manager at Kistler Aerospace, responsible for the Landing and Thermal Protection systems of a privately funded two-stage Reusable Launch Vehicle, as well as all technical activities related to Kistler’s Space Launch Initiative contract with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.  Before that, Rob spent 10 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center where he worked on the Space Shuttle and X-38/Crew Rescue Vehicle programs, leading the aerodynamic design of the Orbiter Drag Parachute, as well as the overall design, integration, and flight test of a gliding parachute for the X-38 project.  He began his career as a cooperative education student at Johnson.

Rob earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Houston.  He is an AIAA Associate Fellow and former member of the Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee. He is currently a member of the Space Committee for the Museum of Flight in Seattle and is also a member the University of Washington’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Visiting Committee.

Jeff Feige
Jeff Feige

Jeff Feige

CSF Executive Board Member

Jeff Feige has worked exclusively for “NewSpace” entrepreneurial space companies as a consultant for both government affairs and government marketing. In addition to serving as CEO of Orbital Outfitters, Jeff also serves as Chairman of the Board at the Space Frontier Foundation. Prior to his work at Orbital Outfitters, he worked for Polispace, a consulting firm focused on supporting entrepreneurial spaceflight firms. Before that, he was the Assistant to the Executive Director of the Aerospace States Association, an organization devoted to developing the aviation and space industries through the tools available to state governments. In addition to his work in the NewSpace industry, he also helped found Talon Aerospace, an LED lighting firm that develops internal and external lighting solutions for the commercial air transportation industry. He is an avid sailor, SCUBA diver, and pilot.

Jeff Feige

CSF Executive Board Member
Jeff Feige

Jeff Feige

CSF Executive Board Member

Jeff Feige has worked exclusively for “NewSpace” entrepreneurial space companies as a consultant for both government affairs and government marketing. In addition to serving as CEO of Orbital Outfitters, Jeff also serves as Chairman of the Board at the Space Frontier Foundation. Prior to his work at Orbital Outfitters, he worked for Polispace, a consulting firm focused on supporting entrepreneurial spaceflight firms. Before that, he was the Assistant to the Executive Director of the Aerospace States Association, an organization devoted to developing the aviation and space industries through the tools available to state governments. In addition to his work in the NewSpace industry, he also helped found Talon Aerospace, an LED lighting firm that develops internal and external lighting solutions for the commercial air transportation industry. He is an avid sailor, SCUBA diver, and pilot.

Pam Welch
Pam Welch

Pam Welch

CSF Executive Board Member

Pam Welsh is the Executive Director for the Midland Development Corporation in Midland, Texas and has been with the Midland Development Corporation since 2006 as Director of Business Retention and Expansion and Vice President of Business Development.  She is a native of Big Spring, Texas, and began her career in economic development in 1981 with the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation serving as the Assistant Director until September 2006.

Pam is a graduate of the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute and a Certified Master Consultant in Business Retention & Expansion.  She is currently the Chairman of Team Texas’ marketing coalition and a member and past Board Member of the Texas Economic Development Council.  She is also a board member and past chair of The High Ground of Texas, a regional economic development marketing coalition, and represents Midland on the Governor’s TexasOne marketing campaign.  National associations include membership in the International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council and Industrial Asset Management Council.

Pam Welch

CSF Executive Board Member
Pam Welch

Pam Welch

CSF Executive Board Member

Pam Welsh is the Executive Director for the Midland Development Corporation in Midland, Texas and has been with the Midland Development Corporation since 2006 as Director of Business Retention and Expansion and Vice President of Business Development.  She is a native of Big Spring, Texas, and began her career in economic development in 1981 with the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation serving as the Assistant Director until September 2006.

Pam is a graduate of the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute and a Certified Master Consultant in Business Retention & Expansion.  She is currently the Chairman of Team Texas’ marketing coalition and a member and past Board Member of the Texas Economic Development Council.  She is also a board member and past chair of The High Ground of Texas, a regional economic development marketing coalition, and represents Midland on the Governor’s TexasOne marketing campaign.  National associations include membership in the International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council and Industrial Asset Management Council.

Karina Drees
Karina Drees

Karina Drees

CSF Executive Board Member

Drees took over as CEO and General Manager of Mojave Air & Space Port following Stu Witt’s departure in January of 2016. Drees previously held the position of the Deputy General Manager at Mojave Air and Space Port since June of 2012. Karina Drees has extensive experience in business development, strategy and operations for technology companies.  Prior to MASP, Karina held senior positions in strategy, business development and operations for growing technology companies ranging in size from startups to large public companies. Karina has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Karina Drees

CSF Executive Board Member
Karina Drees

Karina Drees

CSF Executive Board Member

Drees took over as CEO and General Manager of Mojave Air & Space Port following Stu Witt’s departure in January of 2016. Drees previously held the position of the Deputy General Manager at Mojave Air and Space Port since June of 2012. Karina Drees has extensive experience in business development, strategy and operations for technology companies.  Prior to MASP, Karina held senior positions in strategy, business development and operations for growing technology companies ranging in size from startups to large public companies. Karina has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Bob Richards
Bob Richards

Bob Richards

CSF Executive Board Member

Bob Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a Co-Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation and Moon Express, Inc. a lunar resources company competing in the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE, where he currently serves as President and CEO. Bob chairs the space commerce committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. As Director of the Optech Space Division from 2002-2009, Bob led the company’s technology into orbit in 2004 and to the surface of Mars in 2007 aboard the NASA Phoenix Lander, making the first discovery of falling Martian snow. Bob studied aerospace and industrial engineering at Ryerson University; physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto; and space science at Cornell University where he became special assistant to Carl Sagan. Bob is an evangelist of the “NewSpace” movement and has been a catalyst for a number of commercial space ventures. He is the recipient of the K.E. Tsiolkovski Medal (Russia, 1995), the Space Frontier “Vision to Reality” Award (USA , 1994), the Arthur C. Clarke Commendation (Sri Lanka, 1990) and Aviation & Space Technology Laurel (USA, 1988). He is a contributing author of “Blueprint for Space” (Smithsonian Institution 1992); “Return to the Moon” (Apogee Books 2005) and “The Farthest Shore” (ISU Press 2009). In 2005 Bob received a Doctorate of Space Achievement (honoris causa) from the International Space University for “distinguished accomplishments in support of humanity’s exploration and use of space.”

Bob Richards

CSF Executive Board Member
Bob Richards

Bob Richards

CSF Executive Board Member

Bob Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a Co-Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation and Moon Express, Inc. a lunar resources company competing in the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE, where he currently serves as President and CEO. Bob chairs the space commerce committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. As Director of the Optech Space Division from 2002-2009, Bob led the company’s technology into orbit in 2004 and to the surface of Mars in 2007 aboard the NASA Phoenix Lander, making the first discovery of falling Martian snow. Bob studied aerospace and industrial engineering at Ryerson University; physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto; and space science at Cornell University where he became special assistant to Carl Sagan. Bob is an evangelist of the “NewSpace” movement and has been a catalyst for a number of commercial space ventures. He is the recipient of the K.E. Tsiolkovski Medal (Russia, 1995), the Space Frontier “Vision to Reality” Award (USA , 1994), the Arthur C. Clarke Commendation (Sri Lanka, 1990) and Aviation & Space Technology Laurel (USA, 1988). He is a contributing author of “Blueprint for Space” (Smithsonian Institution 1992); “Return to the Moon” (Apogee Books 2005) and “The Farthest Shore” (ISU Press 2009). In 2005 Bob received a Doctorate of Space Achievement (honoris causa) from the International Space University for “distinguished accomplishments in support of humanity’s exploration and use of space.”

Chris Lewicki
Chris Lewicki

Chris Lewicki

CSF Executive Board Member

Chris Lewicki is President and CEO of Planetary Resources. He has been intimately involved with the lifecycle of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers and the Phoenix Mars Lander.

Lewicki performed system engineering development and participated in assembly, test and launch operations for both Mars missions. He was Flight Director for the rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the Surface Mission Manager for Phoenix. The recipient of two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals, Lewicki has an asteroid named in his honor: 13609 Lewicki. Chris holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona.

At Planetary Resources, Mr. Lewicki is responsible for the strategic development of the company’s mission and vision, engagement with customers and the scientific community, serves as technical compass, and leads day to day operations.

Chris Lewicki

CSF Executive Board Member
Chris Lewicki

Chris Lewicki

CSF Executive Board Member

Chris Lewicki is President and CEO of Planetary Resources. He has been intimately involved with the lifecycle of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers and the Phoenix Mars Lander.

Lewicki performed system engineering development and participated in assembly, test and launch operations for both Mars missions. He was Flight Director for the rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the Surface Mission Manager for Phoenix. The recipient of two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals, Lewicki has an asteroid named in his honor: 13609 Lewicki. Chris holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona.

At Planetary Resources, Mr. Lewicki is responsible for the strategic development of the company’s mission and vision, engagement with customers and the scientific community, serves as technical compass, and leads day to day operations.

Mark Sirangelo
Mark Sirangelo

Mark Sirangelo

CSF Executive Board Member

Mr. Sirangelo is currently Corporate Vice President of Sierra Nevada Corporation and is responsible for SNCs Space Systems Group. He was the Chairman/CEO of SpaceDev, Inc., prior to its merging with SNC. Prior to SpaceDev, he was the CEO of an advanced technology commercialization company and a major global communications firm. Corporate and personal awards include induction into the NASA/Space Foundations Hall of Fame, Defense Industry Fast Track 50, Deloitte’s Fast Track 500, E&Ys Entrepreneur of the Year and Inc. Magazines top 200 companies. Mr. Sirangelo holds Doctorate, MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees, has been scientifically published, and has served as an officer in the US Military. Mr. Sirangelo’s other board memberships include the Center for Space Entrepreneurship, the California Space Authority, the National Center for Missing Children, and the International Centre for Children. Sirangelo has previously served as Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Mark Sirangelo

CSF Executive Board Member
Mark Sirangelo

Mark Sirangelo

CSF Executive Board Member

Mr. Sirangelo is currently Corporate Vice President of Sierra Nevada Corporation and is responsible for SNCs Space Systems Group. He was the Chairman/CEO of SpaceDev, Inc., prior to its merging with SNC. Prior to SpaceDev, he was the CEO of an advanced technology commercialization company and a major global communications firm. Corporate and personal awards include induction into the NASA/Space Foundations Hall of Fame, Defense Industry Fast Track 50, Deloitte’s Fast Track 500, E&Ys Entrepreneur of the Year and Inc. Magazines top 200 companies. Mr. Sirangelo holds Doctorate, MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees, has been scientifically published, and has served as an officer in the US Military. Mr. Sirangelo’s other board memberships include the Center for Space Entrepreneurship, the California Space Authority, the National Center for Missing Children, and the International Centre for Children. Sirangelo has previously served as Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Frank DiBello
Frank DiBello

Frank DiBello

CSF Executive Board Member

Frank DiBello, Space Florida President and CEO, was selected in May 2009 to lead the organization, which serves as the single point of contact for aerospace-related economic development in Florida. In this position, Mr. DiBello develops and executes programs designed to retain, grow and expand aerospace business in Florida. He also focuses on the development of Florida aerospace workforce retention and vendor appreciation programs.Mr. DiBello has more than 40 years of direct aerospace and defense industry-related experience. In addition to his current role at Space Florida, DiBello is the founding partner for Aerospace Capital Partners, an infrastructure investment fund in formation, investing in aerospace, technology and telecommunications initiatives. He is also the president and CEO of a strategic advisory and investment banking firm serving the aerospace and high-technology industry. He also served as president and chief executive officer of Florida’s Aerospace Finance Corporation, established by the Florida legislature to assist financing the needs of new and established companies applying aerospace technologies to space, aviation and defense markets. Formerly, Mr. DiBello served as the founding officer and vice chairman of SpaceVest Management Group, Inc., the sponsoring organization of the SpaceVest family of funds, and as managing director of several SpaceVest Venture Capital Funds. Over the course of his career, DiBello was appointed by NASA to serve on a number of critical space commissions and committees. As such, he assumed responsibility for overseeing a five-year national outreach program to support NASA’s mission of stimulating industrial interest in the Space Station and in space-related research, development and applications. DiBello has also participated in numerous strategic, financial, and market assessments for multinational space industry clients.

Mr. DiBello taught at the Defense Systems Management College and International Space University. He received his BS in Mathematics from Villanova University and did graduate study work at American University and George Washington University.

Frank DiBello

CSF Executive Board Member
Frank DiBello

Frank DiBello

CSF Executive Board Member

Frank DiBello, Space Florida President and CEO, was selected in May 2009 to lead the organization, which serves as the single point of contact for aerospace-related economic development in Florida. In this position, Mr. DiBello develops and executes programs designed to retain, grow and expand aerospace business in Florida. He also focuses on the development of Florida aerospace workforce retention and vendor appreciation programs.Mr. DiBello has more than 40 years of direct aerospace and defense industry-related experience. In addition to his current role at Space Florida, DiBello is the founding partner for Aerospace Capital Partners, an infrastructure investment fund in formation, investing in aerospace, technology and telecommunications initiatives. He is also the president and CEO of a strategic advisory and investment banking firm serving the aerospace and high-technology industry. He also served as president and chief executive officer of Florida’s Aerospace Finance Corporation, established by the Florida legislature to assist financing the needs of new and established companies applying aerospace technologies to space, aviation and defense markets. Formerly, Mr. DiBello served as the founding officer and vice chairman of SpaceVest Management Group, Inc., the sponsoring organization of the SpaceVest family of funds, and as managing director of several SpaceVest Venture Capital Funds. Over the course of his career, DiBello was appointed by NASA to serve on a number of critical space commissions and committees. As such, he assumed responsibility for overseeing a five-year national outreach program to support NASA’s mission of stimulating industrial interest in the Space Station and in space-related research, development and applications. DiBello has also participated in numerous strategic, financial, and market assessments for multinational space industry clients.

Mr. DiBello taught at the Defense Systems Management College and International Space University. He received his BS in Mathematics from Villanova University and did graduate study work at American University and George Washington University.

Daniel Hicks
Daniel Hicks

Daniel Hicks

CSF Executive Board Member

Dan Hicks is the CEO of Spaceport America.

He began his 34-year career with the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in 1982 as a Test Conductor within the Materiel Test Directorate. There in1991, he became the Supervisory General Engineer of the Patriot Missile System, leading the execution of all aspects of developmental testing and combined developmental/operational testing in the acquisition of a major military system. Dan went on to become the acting Division Chief, where he managed the activities of the three branches in the Division: Air and Missile Defense, Tactical Missiles and Targets, and Space, Sensor and Interoperability. These programs focused on theater missile and national missile defense, air defense battle management, U.S. Army directed energy and space programs, space related programs/applications under NASA, DoD, foreign and other commercial programs.

Later, Mr. Hicks was appointed by the Commanding General to stand up a new Business Development Directorate with qualified engineers and scientists responsible for the strategic planning, transformation, business development, marketing, and staff functions for U.S. Army WSMR. His responsibilities included leading the overall business development and instrumentation and test infrastructure development. Here he led the successful merger of two directorates into one, maximizing investment dollars based on customer requirements, which created direct cost savings for U.S. Army WSMR.

Following that assignment Dan became the Technical Director of WSMR, the Chief of Staff, and in 2013, the Deputy Executive Director. In these leadership roles, he was responsible for assisting the Commanding General and the Executive Director in the operations of the entire WSMR, with over eleven billion dollars of infrastructure and a noontime population of approximately twelve thousand personnel. At present, Mr. Hicks is responsible for the direct oversight of the command planning functions for the range where he has just completed ‘WSMR 2046,’ a 30 year strategic plan and maintains oversight for all external relationships; congressional and state legislatures; federal, state, and local agencies; and other community and business stakeholders.

Daniel Hicks

CSF Executive Board Member
Daniel Hicks

Daniel Hicks

CSF Executive Board Member

Dan Hicks is the CEO of Spaceport America.

He began his 34-year career with the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in 1982 as a Test Conductor within the Materiel Test Directorate. There in1991, he became the Supervisory General Engineer of the Patriot Missile System, leading the execution of all aspects of developmental testing and combined developmental/operational testing in the acquisition of a major military system. Dan went on to become the acting Division Chief, where he managed the activities of the three branches in the Division: Air and Missile Defense, Tactical Missiles and Targets, and Space, Sensor and Interoperability. These programs focused on theater missile and national missile defense, air defense battle management, U.S. Army directed energy and space programs, space related programs/applications under NASA, DoD, foreign and other commercial programs.

Later, Mr. Hicks was appointed by the Commanding General to stand up a new Business Development Directorate with qualified engineers and scientists responsible for the strategic planning, transformation, business development, marketing, and staff functions for U.S. Army WSMR. His responsibilities included leading the overall business development and instrumentation and test infrastructure development. Here he led the successful merger of two directorates into one, maximizing investment dollars based on customer requirements, which created direct cost savings for U.S. Army WSMR.

Following that assignment Dan became the Technical Director of WSMR, the Chief of Staff, and in 2013, the Deputy Executive Director. In these leadership roles, he was responsible for assisting the Commanding General and the Executive Director in the operations of the entire WSMR, with over eleven billion dollars of infrastructure and a noontime population of approximately twelve thousand personnel. At present, Mr. Hicks is responsible for the direct oversight of the command planning functions for the range where he has just completed ‘WSMR 2046,’ a 30 year strategic plan and maintains oversight for all external relationships; congressional and state legislatures; federal, state, and local agencies; and other community and business stakeholders.

Steve Howard
Steve Howard

Steve Howard

CSF Executive Board Member

Steve L. Howard has served as the County Administrator since 2007. Prior to that, he worked in various management positions for Polk, Seminole, and Desoto Counties in Florida, and the City of Punta Gorda.

Steve is a graduate of Bellevue University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California Coast University. In addition, he is a graduate of the ICMA Senior Executive Institute Leadership Program at the University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government program. He is also a graduate of The Florida Center for Public Management’s nationally recognized Certified Public Manager program at The Florida State University.

He is an ICMA Credentialed Manager, Certified Public Manager, Certified Public Purchasing Officer and Certified Professional Public Buyer.

Steve Howard

CSF Executive Board Member
Steve Howard

Steve Howard

CSF Executive Board Member

Steve L. Howard has served as the County Administrator since 2007. Prior to that, he worked in various management positions for Polk, Seminole, and Desoto Counties in Florida, and the City of Punta Gorda.

Steve is a graduate of Bellevue University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California Coast University. In addition, he is a graduate of the ICMA Senior Executive Institute Leadership Program at the University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government program. He is also a graduate of The Florida Center for Public Management’s nationally recognized Certified Public Manager program at The Florida State University.

He is an ICMA Credentialed Manager, Certified Public Manager, Certified Public Purchasing Officer and Certified Professional Public Buyer.

Dale Nash
Dale Nash

Dale Nash

CSF Executive Board Member

Dale Nash became the Executive Director of Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA) in July 2012. The Virginia Space Flight Authority developed and continues to operate the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

Dale brings over 30 years’ worth of experience in the space flight industry to the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. He began his career in Utah, where he spent 11 years working for the Department of Defense on ballistic missile and solid rocket motors with Hercules Aerospace Company and Thiokol (ATK). The next step in his career took him to Florida, where he spent 14 years conducting launch operations and program management on NASA’s Space Shuttle and Orion programs with the United Launch Alliance and ATK. Finally, prior to joining VCSFA, he spent five and a half years as the CEO of Alaska Aerospace, the company that owns and operates  the Kodiak Launch Complex.

Dale has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Master’s degree in Management and Business Administration from the University of Florida.

Dale Nash

CSF Executive Board Member
Dale Nash

Dale Nash

CSF Executive Board Member

Dale Nash became the Executive Director of Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA) in July 2012. The Virginia Space Flight Authority developed and continues to operate the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

Dale brings over 30 years’ worth of experience in the space flight industry to the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. He began his career in Utah, where he spent 11 years working for the Department of Defense on ballistic missile and solid rocket motors with Hercules Aerospace Company and Thiokol (ATK). The next step in his career took him to Florida, where he spent 14 years conducting launch operations and program management on NASA’s Space Shuttle and Orion programs with the United Launch Alliance and ATK. Finally, prior to joining VCSFA, he spent five and a half years as the CEO of Alaska Aerospace, the company that owns and operates  the Kodiak Launch Complex.

Dale has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Master’s degree in Management and Business Administration from the University of Florida.

George Whitesides
George Whitesides

George Whitesides

CSF Executive Board Member

George Whitesides is the CEO of Virgin Galactic, the US-based space tourism company founded by Sir Richard Branson. With Scaled Composites, Virgin Galactic has developed the WhiteKnightTwo carrier vehicle and SpaceShipTwo air-launched space vehicle. The SpaceShipTwo vehicle is based on the X Prize winning SpaceShipOne, which was piloted twice into space and now hangs in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. In his role as  CEO, Whitesides is responsible for guiding all aspects of VG to commercial operation at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Most recently, Whitesides served as Chief of Staff for NASA, where he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest honor that the agency confers. Prior to his role at NASA, Whitesides served as Executive Director of the National Space Society and Chairman of the Reusable Launch Vehicle Working Group of the Federal Aviation Authority Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. Whitesides’ earlier career experience in the aerospace industry took place at Orbital Sciences Corporation, Blastoff Corporation and the Zero Gravity Corporation. A licensed private pilot and parabolic flight coach, Whitesides is a graduate of Cambridge and Princeton Universities and a former Fulbright Scholar.

George Whitesides

CSF Executive Board Member
George Whitesides

George Whitesides

CSF Executive Board Member

George Whitesides is the CEO of Virgin Galactic, the US-based space tourism company founded by Sir Richard Branson. With Scaled Composites, Virgin Galactic has developed the WhiteKnightTwo carrier vehicle and SpaceShipTwo air-launched space vehicle. The SpaceShipTwo vehicle is based on the X Prize winning SpaceShipOne, which was piloted twice into space and now hangs in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. In his role as  CEO, Whitesides is responsible for guiding all aspects of VG to commercial operation at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Most recently, Whitesides served as Chief of Staff for NASA, where he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest honor that the agency confers. Prior to his role at NASA, Whitesides served as Executive Director of the National Space Society and Chairman of the Reusable Launch Vehicle Working Group of the Federal Aviation Authority Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. Whitesides’ earlier career experience in the aerospace industry took place at Orbital Sciences Corporation, Blastoff Corporation and the Zero Gravity Corporation. A licensed private pilot and parabolic flight coach, Whitesides is a graduate of Cambridge and Princeton Universities and a former Fulbright Scholar.

Michael Paul
Michael Paul

Michael Paul

CSF Associate Board Member

Michael Paul is the Director of Space Systems Initiatives at Penn Sate Applied Research Laboratory. He is a space exploration engineer with experience on several deep space robotic missions. A NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Fellow, Paul is currently working at Penn State, leading students and researchers in efforts to develop advanced systems that could enable more exploration, more often, and at lower cost. Paul is proud to have sent the last command before liftoff to the MESSENGER spacecraft on launch day in 2004 and helped recover its first close-up images of Mercury in 2008. He continues to work on new mission concepts, with a focus on robotic exploration of Earth’s Moon, the large moons of Saturn and Jupiter and other exotic places in our solar system.

Paul earned a BA in Liberal Arts from Stonehill College, a BS in Aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an MS in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University. He loves to share his passion for space exploration with broad audiences and has been an invited speaker at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, the Hayden Planetarium in Chicago, SXSW Eco, TEDxPSU, and, most recently, the Atlantic Magazine’s Bold Bets: Commercializing the Cosmos conference. Paul shares the Moon and stars with his wife and two children on clear nights, and spends time wondering just how much life might be out there in the cosmos.

Michael Paul

CSF Associate Board Member
Michael Paul

Michael Paul

CSF Associate Board Member

Michael Paul is the Director of Space Systems Initiatives at Penn Sate Applied Research Laboratory. He is a space exploration engineer with experience on several deep space robotic missions. A NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Fellow, Paul is currently working at Penn State, leading students and researchers in efforts to develop advanced systems that could enable more exploration, more often, and at lower cost. Paul is proud to have sent the last command before liftoff to the MESSENGER spacecraft on launch day in 2004 and helped recover its first close-up images of Mercury in 2008. He continues to work on new mission concepts, with a focus on robotic exploration of Earth’s Moon, the large moons of Saturn and Jupiter and other exotic places in our solar system.

Paul earned a BA in Liberal Arts from Stonehill College, a BS in Aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an MS in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University. He loves to share his passion for space exploration with broad audiences and has been an invited speaker at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, the Hayden Planetarium in Chicago, SXSW Eco, TEDxPSU, and, most recently, the Atlantic Magazine’s Bold Bets: Commercializing the Cosmos conference. Paul shares the Moon and stars with his wife and two children on clear nights, and spends time wondering just how much life might be out there in the cosmos.

Karin Nilsdotter
Karin Nilsdotter

Karin Nilsdotter

CSF Associate Board Member

Karin Nilsdotter is the CEO and co-founder of Spaceport Sweden, a pioneering initiative to establish Europe’s gateway to space for suborbital tourism, research, education and cross-industry innovation in Sweden.

A thought leader and advocate for Newspace, Karin has become an influential voice for the industry and has led the development of Destination: Space, a national strategy for space tourism, a regulatory framework for suborbital human spaceflight, a space adventure portfolio, founded TEDxKiruna and Creative Space; an innovation do-tank.

As an experienced executive leader, strategic advisor and speaker, Karin has been recognised for her innovative work and awarded Tech Woman of the Year in Sweden and promoted as a leading women in Newspace globally.

Karin serves as strategic advisor to the ESA-Space Incubator in Sweden, on the boards of ABI and CiiR, as council member for Swedish Lapland Chamber of Commerce and previously on the Advisory Committee for the COE-CST and Chairman of Kiruna in Swedish Lapland. She received her Executive MBA from Henley Business School, commended for her achievements.

Karin Nilsdotter

CSF Associate Board Member
Karin Nilsdotter

Karin Nilsdotter

CSF Associate Board Member

Karin Nilsdotter is the CEO and co-founder of Spaceport Sweden, a pioneering initiative to establish Europe’s gateway to space for suborbital tourism, research, education and cross-industry innovation in Sweden.

A thought leader and advocate for Newspace, Karin has become an influential voice for the industry and has led the development of Destination: Space, a national strategy for space tourism, a regulatory framework for suborbital human spaceflight, a space adventure portfolio, founded TEDxKiruna and Creative Space; an innovation do-tank.

As an experienced executive leader, strategic advisor and speaker, Karin has been recognised for her innovative work and awarded Tech Woman of the Year in Sweden and promoted as a leading women in Newspace globally.

Karin serves as strategic advisor to the ESA-Space Incubator in Sweden, on the boards of ABI and CiiR, as council member for Swedish Lapland Chamber of Commerce and previously on the Advisory Committee for the COE-CST and Chairman of Kiruna in Swedish Lapland. She received her Executive MBA from Henley Business School, commended for her achievements.

Board Emeritus

Stu Witt
Stu Witt

Stu Witt

Info coming soon!

Stu Witt

Stu Witt

Stu Witt

Info coming soon!

Patron

Esther Dyson
Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson(@edyson on twitter) is chairman of EDventure Holdings and executive founder of the Way to Wellville (@WaytoWellville), a 10-year nonprofit project to help five small US communities  cultivate health among their residents, and to develop new business models for doing so. Overall, Dyson works to leverage new business models, new technologies and new markets (both economic and political).

From October 2008 to March of 2009, she lived at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut to two-time space tourist Charles Simonyi.  Apart from this brief sabbatical, she is an active board member for a variety of companies, including XCOR Aerospace, 23andMe, Luxoft,  Meetup, Pressreader, Voxiva ,  and Yandex (Russia – YNDX).  Her past investments include  Icon Aircraft (light sport aircraft), Nanoracks and Space Adventures (which organizes programs such as hers for space tourists) in aerospace.

Dyson  also sits on the boards of several nonprofits, including Waypaver Labs, the Long Now Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation and Open Humans Foundation, and is a patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.  She has a BA in economics from Harvard and started her serious career as a fact-checker/reporter for Forbes Magazine (1974-77).  From 1977 to 1982 she worked on Wall Street as a securities analyst, covering companies such as Federal Express, Apple Computer and Electronic Data Systems.  From 1983 to 2004 she wrote/edited Release 1.0, a monthly analysis of the PC/Internet business, and ran the yearly PC Forum, the industry’s leading executive conference (no sponsors), as head of her own company EDventure Holdings.  She sold EDventure to CNET in 2004 and worked there for two years before going completely independent.  Along the way, she served as founding (non-exec) chairman of ICANN from 1998 to 2000. In addition, she wrote the best-selling, widely translated book “Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age,” published by Broadway Books, in 1997.  She posts photos at www.flickr.com/photos/edyson.

Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson(@edyson on twitter) is chairman of EDventure Holdings and executive founder of the Way to Wellville (@WaytoWellville), a 10-year nonprofit project to help five small US communities  cultivate health among their residents, and to develop new business models for doing so. Overall, Dyson works to leverage new business models, new technologies and new markets (both economic and political).

From October 2008 to March of 2009, she lived at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut to two-time space tourist Charles Simonyi.  Apart from this brief sabbatical, she is an active board member for a variety of companies, including XCOR Aerospace, 23andMe, Luxoft,  Meetup, Pressreader, Voxiva ,  and Yandex (Russia – YNDX).  Her past investments include  Icon Aircraft (light sport aircraft), Nanoracks and Space Adventures (which organizes programs such as hers for space tourists) in aerospace.

Dyson  also sits on the boards of several nonprofits, including Waypaver Labs, the Long Now Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation and Open Humans Foundation, and is a patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.  She has a BA in economics from Harvard and started her serious career as a fact-checker/reporter for Forbes Magazine (1974-77).  From 1977 to 1982 she worked on Wall Street as a securities analyst, covering companies such as Federal Express, Apple Computer and Electronic Data Systems.  From 1983 to 2004 she wrote/edited Release 1.0, a monthly analysis of the PC/Internet business, and ran the yearly PC Forum, the industry’s leading executive conference (no sponsors), as head of her own company EDventure Holdings.  She sold EDventure to CNET in 2004 and worked there for two years before going completely independent.  Along the way, she served as founding (non-exec) chairman of ICANN from 1998 to 2000. In addition, she wrote the best-selling, widely translated book “Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age,” published by Broadway Books, in 1997.  She posts photos at www.flickr.com/photos/edyson.

Meet our Staff

Eric Stallmer
Eric Stallmer

Eric Stallmer

President

Eric Stallmer is the President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. CSF is the largest trade organization dedicated to promoting the development of commercial spaceflight, pursuing ever-higher levels of safety and sharing best practices and expertise throughout the industry. Under Stallmer’s leadership, CSF has worked tirelessly to craft the modern Commercial Space Launch Act, as well as to promote innovation as a national policy to spur the economy and create high technology jobs. In addition CSF works to develop industry standards and encourages further growth in the commercial spaceflight industry.

Stallmer constantly promotes the industry and CSF member companies through his outreach to high-ranking government officials and high-profile media outlets. His professional comments have been featured in The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NBC Today Show, ABC News, CBS News Radio, Fox News, The BBC, CNBC, SpaceNews and many more. Stallmer also promotes the mission of CSF through participation at multiple industry conferences throughout the year.

Stallmer has testified before both the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology as well as the Senate Commerce committee. He recently testified at a hearing titled, “The Commercial Space Launch Industry: Small Satellite Opportunities and Challenges.” There he encouraged Congress to support policies that will facilitate growth and innovation in the industry, and maintain the American space sector’s competitive leadership. He has served on numerous industry affiliated boards including the Future Space Leaders Foundation and is the former Chairman of the Washington Space Business Roundtable.

Before working at CSF, Stallmer served as the Vice President of Government Relations at Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI). Stallmer joined AGI in 2002. While there, Stallmer oversaw all Washington Operations and represented AGI’s commercial off-the-shelf products and technology to defense, intelligence, Congress and civil government sectors within the aerospace industry.

Stallmer came to AGI from The Space Transportation Association (STA), a non-profit, industry trade organization providing government representation to companies with a vested interest in the U.S space launch industry. Prior to that, Stallmer worked on Capitol Hill in the office of then Congressman Tom Coburn.

For more than two decades, Stallmer has served as an Officer in the United States Army and Army Reserves. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service while engaged in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is currently assigned to the Pentagon in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff Army for Logistics, G-4.

Stallmer earned a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History from Mount Saint Mary College. He and his wife Amy live in Arlington, Virginia with their three children, Charlie, Billy and Catherine.

Eric Stallmer

President
Eric Stallmer

Eric Stallmer

President

Eric Stallmer is the President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. CSF is the largest trade organization dedicated to promoting the development of commercial spaceflight, pursuing ever-higher levels of safety and sharing best practices and expertise throughout the industry. Under Stallmer’s leadership, CSF has worked tirelessly to craft the modern Commercial Space Launch Act, as well as to promote innovation as a national policy to spur the economy and create high technology jobs. In addition CSF works to develop industry standards and encourages further growth in the commercial spaceflight industry.

Stallmer constantly promotes the industry and CSF member companies through his outreach to high-ranking government officials and high-profile media outlets. His professional comments have been featured in The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NBC Today Show, ABC News, CBS News Radio, Fox News, The BBC, CNBC, SpaceNews and many more. Stallmer also promotes the mission of CSF through participation at multiple industry conferences throughout the year.

Stallmer has testified before both the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology as well as the Senate Commerce committee. He recently testified at a hearing titled, “The Commercial Space Launch Industry: Small Satellite Opportunities and Challenges.” There he encouraged Congress to support policies that will facilitate growth and innovation in the industry, and maintain the American space sector’s competitive leadership. He has served on numerous industry affiliated boards including the Future Space Leaders Foundation and is the former Chairman of the Washington Space Business Roundtable.

Before working at CSF, Stallmer served as the Vice President of Government Relations at Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI). Stallmer joined AGI in 2002. While there, Stallmer oversaw all Washington Operations and represented AGI’s commercial off-the-shelf products and technology to defense, intelligence, Congress and civil government sectors within the aerospace industry.

Stallmer came to AGI from The Space Transportation Association (STA), a non-profit, industry trade organization providing government representation to companies with a vested interest in the U.S space launch industry. Prior to that, Stallmer worked on Capitol Hill in the office of then Congressman Tom Coburn.

For more than two decades, Stallmer has served as an Officer in the United States Army and Army Reserves. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service while engaged in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is currently assigned to the Pentagon in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff Army for Logistics, G-4.

Stallmer earned a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History from Mount Saint Mary College. He and his wife Amy live in Arlington, Virginia with their three children, Charlie, Billy and Catherine.

Tommy Sanford
Tommy Sanford

Tommy Sanford

Executive Director

Tommy Sanford is the Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Sanford has extensive experience in the aerospace sector including his most recent position at the Space Foundation, where he spent five years as Government Affairs Associate. At the Space Foundation, Tommy was responsible for analyzing and implementing policy strategies in the aerospace, defense, and international arenas. Prior to his position at the Space Foundation, Sanford worked at the Department of Commerce’s Office of Space Commercialization and on Capitol Hill for the House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

Sanford received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Appalachian State University and his Master’s degree from George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute. Additionally, Tommy completed the Executive Space Course through the International Space University in Spring 2014.

Tommy Sanford

Executive Director
Tommy Sanford

Tommy Sanford

Executive Director

Tommy Sanford is the Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Sanford has extensive experience in the aerospace sector including his most recent position at the Space Foundation, where he spent five years as Government Affairs Associate. At the Space Foundation, Tommy was responsible for analyzing and implementing policy strategies in the aerospace, defense, and international arenas. Prior to his position at the Space Foundation, Sanford worked at the Department of Commerce’s Office of Space Commercialization and on Capitol Hill for the House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

Sanford received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Appalachian State University and his Master’s degree from George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute. Additionally, Tommy completed the Executive Space Course through the International Space University in Spring 2014.

Jane Kinney
Jane Kinney

Jane Kinney

Assistant Director

Jane Kinney is the Assistant Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Her main focuses for CSF include Export Control, Standards, the Suborbital Research Applications Group, and the Research & Education Affiliates Program.

She has previously worked as a flight controller in Mission Control for the International Space Station Program at NASA Johnson Space Center. At the time she was a contractor who was employed by United Space Alliance.

Previously, she worked as a Systems Engineer Co-op for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation in both the Boulder and Westminster, Colorado offices. During her time at BATC she worked on a range of programs including Kepler, the Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite (OMPS), and the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).

Kinney received a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University with a minor in English Literature.  Her degree technical focuses were Propulsion and Dynamics & Controls.

She spent a semester as a student and researcher at the Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Island School in the Bahamas studying marine biology and environmental engineering with a focus on open ocean aquaculture.

Jane Kinney

Assistant Director
Jane Kinney

Jane Kinney

Assistant Director

Jane Kinney is the Assistant Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Her main focuses for CSF include Export Control, Standards, the Suborbital Research Applications Group, and the Research & Education Affiliates Program.

She has previously worked as a flight controller in Mission Control for the International Space Station Program at NASA Johnson Space Center. At the time she was a contractor who was employed by United Space Alliance.

Previously, she worked as a Systems Engineer Co-op for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation in both the Boulder and Westminster, Colorado offices. During her time at BATC she worked on a range of programs including Kepler, the Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite (OMPS), and the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).

Kinney received a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University with a minor in English Literature.  Her degree technical focuses were Propulsion and Dynamics & Controls.

She spent a semester as a student and researcher at the Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Island School in the Bahamas studying marine biology and environmental engineering with a focus on open ocean aquaculture.

Apply for an Internship

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is looking for energetic and personable interns with a passion for space. Internships typically last a semester and take place in our Washington, DC office. While here, interns will have an insider’s look into the world of commercial space policy, business, and government affairs. Those with a background in engineering, science, space policy, or students currently pursuing these fields, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:

  •  Research and create white papers/briefs about commercial space policy issues
  • Attend and support meetings on Capitol Hill and with various government agencies
  • Attend and support meetings with our members, government officials, and congressional staff
  • Assist with administrative and organizational tasks
  • Network with other D.C. space professionals

Those interested should send a short cover letter and resume to Jane@commercialspaceflight.org with the subject heading “DC internship.” Eligible candidates include undergraduates, graduate students, recent graduates, and other qualified applicants. Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills are a must.

Only US Citizens may apply. Applications for spring of 2017 are being accepted now through Friday, October 14th. 

Contact Us

Our offices are located at:
Commercial Spaceflight Federation
500 New Jersey Avenue NW Suite 400 
Washington, DC 20001

Jane Kinney, Assistant Director
(469) 879 – 9503 (Cell)
(202) 715 – 2928 (Office)
Jane@commercialspaceflight.org