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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, Colorado, 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
Southwest Research Institute
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, Colorado, 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.

George Whitesides
George Whitesides

George Whitesides

CSF Vice-Chairman

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 Vice-Chairman
Virgin Galactic
George Whitesides

George Whitesides

CSF Vice-Chairman

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.

Karina Drees
Karina Drees

Karina Drees

CSF Treasurer

Karina Drees is the CEO and General Manager of Mojave Air & Space Port, home to numerous companies manufacturing and testing airplanes and space equipment. As CEO, Drees is responsible for maintaining more than 3,000 acres of property and managing 150 tenant contracts. She oversees all air and space operations at the airport and manages procedures, business operations and regional partnership development. Drees leads the implementation of strategic initiatives for the benefit of the companies operating in Mojave as well as the region. Prior to MASP, Drees held senior positions in strategy and business development for growing technology companies in the Washington DC area. Drees has a BS from Arizona State University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Karina Drees

CSF Treasurer
Mojave Air and Space Port
Karina Drees

Karina Drees

CSF Treasurer

Karina Drees is the CEO and General Manager of Mojave Air & Space Port, home to numerous companies manufacturing and testing airplanes and space equipment. As CEO, Drees is responsible for maintaining more than 3,000 acres of property and managing 150 tenant contracts. She oversees all air and space operations at the airport and manages procedures, business operations and regional partnership development. Drees leads the implementation of strategic initiatives for the benefit of the companies operating in Mojave as well as the region. Prior to MASP, Drees held senior positions in strategy and business development for growing technology companies in the Washington DC area. Drees has a BS from Arizona State University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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
SpaceX
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.

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
Jacksonville Aviation Authority
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
World View Enterprises
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

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

Bigelow Aerospace
Robert Bigelow

Robert Bigelow

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

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

Blue Origin
Robert Meyerson

Robert Meyerson

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.

Sean Mahoney
Sean Mahoney

Sean Mahoney

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

Masten Space Systems
Sean Mahoney

Sean Mahoney

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.

Pam Welch
Pam Welch

Pam Welch

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

Midland International Air and Space Port
Pam Welch

Pam Welch

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.

Bob Richards
Bob Richards

Bob Richards

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

Moon Express
Bob Richards

Bob Richards

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

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

Planetary Resources
Chris Lewicki

Chris Lewicki

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

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

Sierra Nevada Corporation
Mark Sirangelo

Mark Sirangelo

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

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

Space Florida
Frank DiBello

Frank DiBello

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

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

Spaceport America
Daniel Hicks

Daniel Hicks

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

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

Spaceport Camden
Steve Howard

Steve Howard

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.

Mike Gold
Mike Gold

Mike Gold

Mike Gold is Vice President of Washington Operations and Business Development for SSL, America’s most prolific commercial satellite manufacturer and a global leader in space systems and robotics. At SSL, Mr. Gold is responsible for interactions with Congress and Executive Branch agencies as well as business development for emerging space technologies. In 2008, Mr. Gold was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to serve on the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (“COMSTAC”), and was appointed to serve as Chair of the organization in 2012. The COMSTAC is a federal advisory committee comprised of leading commercial space industry executives that provides advice to the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation. Additionally, Mr. Gold was appointed by the National Research Council to serve on the Space Technology Industry-Government-University roundtable which supports NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. Mr. Gold is an attorney and has written three law review articles describing the intersection between the commercial space industry and export controls. Mr. Gold has had two editorials entered into the Congressional Record and has testified before the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives as a subject matter expert in commercial space policy, law, and innovation

Mike Gold

SSL
Mike Gold

Mike Gold

Mike Gold is Vice President of Washington Operations and Business Development for SSL, America’s most prolific commercial satellite manufacturer and a global leader in space systems and robotics. At SSL, Mr. Gold is responsible for interactions with Congress and Executive Branch agencies as well as business development for emerging space technologies. In 2008, Mr. Gold was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to serve on the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (“COMSTAC”), and was appointed to serve as Chair of the organization in 2012. The COMSTAC is a federal advisory committee comprised of leading commercial space industry executives that provides advice to the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation. Additionally, Mr. Gold was appointed by the National Research Council to serve on the Space Technology Industry-Government-University roundtable which supports NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. Mr. Gold is an attorney and has written three law review articles describing the intersection between the commercial space industry and export controls. Mr. Gold has had two editorials entered into the Congressional Record and has testified before the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives as a subject matter expert in commercial space policy, law, and innovation

Dale Nash
Dale Nash

Dale Nash

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

Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority
Dale Nash

Dale Nash

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.

Shawn Linam
Shawn Linam

Shawn Linam

CSF Associate Board Member

Shawn Linam is the CEO and co-founder of Qwaltec, a Tempe, Arizona woman-owned small business that provides space systems operations and engineering services. She has extensive experience in space systems operations and has designed and implemented training systems for numerous government and commercial space programs. She began her career in space operations at NASA where she worked as an astronaut and flight controller instructor for the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.

In addition to her day job, Shawn is currently the STEM Director for the Girl’s Rule Foundation. The Girl’s Rule Foundation is a leader in empowerment, leadership and educational workshops and programs for girls ages 12-18. It is an Arizona based 501c3 nonprofit with a passion to serve, empower and educate EVERY girl because EVERY girl matters.

Shawn Linam

CSF Associate Board Member
Qwaltec
Shawn Linam

Shawn Linam

CSF Associate Board Member

Shawn Linam is the CEO and co-founder of Qwaltec, a Tempe, Arizona woman-owned small business that provides space systems operations and engineering services. She has extensive experience in space systems operations and has designed and implemented training systems for numerous government and commercial space programs. She began her career in space operations at NASA where she worked as an astronaut and flight controller instructor for the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.

In addition to her day job, Shawn is currently the STEM Director for the Girl’s Rule Foundation. The Girl’s Rule Foundation is a leader in empowerment, leadership and educational workshops and programs for girls ages 12-18. It is an Arizona based 501c3 nonprofit with a passion to serve, empower and educate EVERY girl because EVERY girl matters.

Richard Pruss
Richard Pruss

Richard Pruss

CSF Associate Board Member

Richard Pruss, PE, is Director of Aerospace and Government Programs. These markets have serviced nearly every launch pad in the United States and for NASA as well as provided for a number of government agencies including NAVFAC, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the NRO and more. Mr. Pruss has an established and successful track record of leadership in project management, business development, and structural engineering.

Mr. Pruss’ entire career has focused around the aerospace industry, including support for federal and commercial aerospace clients. This includes design and study assessments for facilities to support the Constellation Program from 2006-2008. The study assessed cost, schedule, and implementation impacts to utilize existing facilities versus the development of new facilities. He has also completed the renovation of existing NASA facilities to support the Space Launch Systems program. The renovation of historic facilities is instrumental in the transition of government only space activities to a combination of commercial and government assets propelling the United States into space. This experience has been instrumental to Mr. Pruss becoming an expert on facility re-purposing to provide the most cost-effective programs for the aerospace industry.

Mr. Pruss also has extensive experience with commercial spaceports. He led the design team for the Wallops Flight Facility Launch Pad 0A in Virginia. At the time, this was the first greenfield launch facility built in the United States in 20 years. Mr. Pruss has also led the development of commercial facilities at Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska at Kodiak Island and Space Florida with their commercial launch development at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

For BRPH, Mr. Pruss is responsible for business strategy, financial performance, successful execution and growth for his markets. He sets the strategic direction through the enhancement of the client service experience, management of current and prospective client relationships and capacity, as well as strengthening market position through the continuous development of efficient management processes. Mr. Pruss provides oversight to project managers and discipline directors. His leadership is based on an in-depth technical background and thorough understanding of aerospace and government facilities and project management.

Following two launch incidents that damaged spaceports at Wallops Island, VA and Kodiak, AK, Mr. Pruss led return to flight activities with post-accident walk down facility assessments and cost and schedule development to facilitate a fast-paced return to flight schedule.

Mr. Pruss has served as principal-in-charge on a number of complex, large-scale projects, including Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska Return to Flight, Kodiak AK; Orbiter Processing Facility, KSC; Launch Pad 0A Return to Flight, Wallops Island, VA; Design Modifications to Multi-Payload Processing Facility, KSC; ULA Factory Optimization Project

Richard Pruss

CSF Associate Board Member
BRPH
Richard Pruss

Richard Pruss

CSF Associate Board Member

Richard Pruss, PE, is Director of Aerospace and Government Programs. These markets have serviced nearly every launch pad in the United States and for NASA as well as provided for a number of government agencies including NAVFAC, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the NRO and more. Mr. Pruss has an established and successful track record of leadership in project management, business development, and structural engineering.

Mr. Pruss’ entire career has focused around the aerospace industry, including support for federal and commercial aerospace clients. This includes design and study assessments for facilities to support the Constellation Program from 2006-2008. The study assessed cost, schedule, and implementation impacts to utilize existing facilities versus the development of new facilities. He has also completed the renovation of existing NASA facilities to support the Space Launch Systems program. The renovation of historic facilities is instrumental in the transition of government only space activities to a combination of commercial and government assets propelling the United States into space. This experience has been instrumental to Mr. Pruss becoming an expert on facility re-purposing to provide the most cost-effective programs for the aerospace industry.

Mr. Pruss also has extensive experience with commercial spaceports. He led the design team for the Wallops Flight Facility Launch Pad 0A in Virginia. At the time, this was the first greenfield launch facility built in the United States in 20 years. Mr. Pruss has also led the development of commercial facilities at Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska at Kodiak Island and Space Florida with their commercial launch development at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

For BRPH, Mr. Pruss is responsible for business strategy, financial performance, successful execution and growth for his markets. He sets the strategic direction through the enhancement of the client service experience, management of current and prospective client relationships and capacity, as well as strengthening market position through the continuous development of efficient management processes. Mr. Pruss provides oversight to project managers and discipline directors. His leadership is based on an in-depth technical background and thorough understanding of aerospace and government facilities and project management.

Following two launch incidents that damaged spaceports at Wallops Island, VA and Kodiak, AK, Mr. Pruss led return to flight activities with post-accident walk down facility assessments and cost and schedule development to facilitate a fast-paced return to flight schedule.

Mr. Pruss has served as principal-in-charge on a number of complex, large-scale projects, including Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska Return to Flight, Kodiak AK; Orbiter Processing Facility, KSC; Launch Pad 0A Return to Flight, Wallops Island, VA; Design Modifications to Multi-Payload Processing Facility, KSC; ULA Factory Optimization Project

Dylan Taylor
Dylan Taylor

Dylan Taylor

Patron Chair

Dylan Taylor is a leading angel investor, thought leader, futurist, and founding partner of Space Angels, a global network of commercial aerospace investors and entrepreneurs. As an early-stage investor in more than 40 emerging ventures, including Planet, OmniEarth, Accion, York, Kepler, and Vector Space, Dylan has played a key role in the growth of the private space industry.

Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure in the world of NewSpace investing. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics. Underlying Dylan’s passion for space, however, is his fundamental belief in its power to unify humanity. Space exploration, from his point of view, can bring people together by highlighting the arbitrary nature of boundaries we create–geographic, ideological, and otherwise. In 2016, Dylan founded Space for Humanity, a global non-profit that strives to both democratize space as well as to demonstrate the power of space to raise human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems.

Dylan is a leading advocate of space manufacturing and the utilization of in-space resources to further space exploration and settlement. In 2017 he became the first private citizen to manufacturer an item in space when the gravity meter he co-designed and commissioned was 3D printed on the International Space Station. The item currently resides at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to having a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with a number of personal and professional accolades in recent years. The World Economic Forum recognized Dylan as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2014. Taylor is also a Delphi Fellow for Big Think, a digital knowledge forum that brings together top thinkers from around the world to collaborate and share ideas. Dylan is also Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Taylor earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and holds a BS in Engineering from the honors college at the University of Arizona where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and was President of the Engineering College. In 2013 he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University.

Dylan Taylor

Patron Chair
Dylan Taylor

Dylan Taylor

Patron Chair

Dylan Taylor is a leading angel investor, thought leader, futurist, and founding partner of Space Angels, a global network of commercial aerospace investors and entrepreneurs. As an early-stage investor in more than 40 emerging ventures, including Planet, OmniEarth, Accion, York, Kepler, and Vector Space, Dylan has played a key role in the growth of the private space industry.

Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure in the world of NewSpace investing. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics. Underlying Dylan’s passion for space, however, is his fundamental belief in its power to unify humanity. Space exploration, from his point of view, can bring people together by highlighting the arbitrary nature of boundaries we create–geographic, ideological, and otherwise. In 2016, Dylan founded Space for Humanity, a global non-profit that strives to both democratize space as well as to demonstrate the power of space to raise human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems.

Dylan is a leading advocate of space manufacturing and the utilization of in-space resources to further space exploration and settlement. In 2017 he became the first private citizen to manufacturer an item in space when the gravity meter he co-designed and commissioned was 3D printed on the International Space Station. The item currently resides at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to having a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with a number of personal and professional accolades in recent years. The World Economic Forum recognized Dylan as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2014. Taylor is also a Delphi Fellow for Big Think, a digital knowledge forum that brings together top thinkers from around the world to collaborate and share ideas. Dylan is also Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Taylor earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and holds a BS in Engineering from the honors college at the University of Arizona where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and was President of the Engineering College. In 2013 he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University.

Board Emeritus

Stu Witt
Stu Witt

Stu Witt

Stuart O. Witt is founder and owner of S.O. Witt & Associates LLC consulting, established in January 2016.

Stuart is a 42 year veteran of the aerospace industry and continues to be a forward-leaning force for aviation and commercial space.

He was born and raised on Scodie Ranch in Onyx and attended school K12 in Isabella, graduating in 1970. He is a 1974 graduate of California State University Northridge, Naval Aviation Schools Command 1976, Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) 1980, and 1996 Graduate of the University of Maryland’s Center for Creative Leadership.

His military career took him to sea on USS JFK as a carrier based F-14 Tomcat pilot, and as an FA-18A project pilot at the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, California. Between 1985 and 1993 he served as an Engineering Test Pilot on the B-1B, F-16C and F-23 with Westinghouse Electric Corp. From 1993-2002 he served as Executive Vice President of CTA Inc., where he directed engineering projects from Lower Manhattan to Oahu.

From 2002 until January 2016, he directed the expansion efforts at Mojave Air & Space Port as General Manager and CEO. In 2004 Mojave was designated the nation’s first inland spaceport, and played host to the world as Scaled Composites won the $10 Million Ansari X PRIZE, giving birth to the commercial manned spaceflight industry.

Stuart is Chairman Emeritus of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, where he was a founding executive member. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Kern Community College Board of Trustees. 

Stuart is credited with crafting and seeing through to Governor Brown’s signature new Space Flight Participant Liability reform in California known as AB2243.

Stuart is married to the former Susan Etoch and resides in Ridgecrest, California. They have three grown sons.

Stu Witt

Stu Witt

Stu Witt

Stuart O. Witt is founder and owner of S.O. Witt & Associates LLC consulting, established in January 2016.

Stuart is a 42 year veteran of the aerospace industry and continues to be a forward-leaning force for aviation and commercial space.

He was born and raised on Scodie Ranch in Onyx and attended school K12 in Isabella, graduating in 1970. He is a 1974 graduate of California State University Northridge, Naval Aviation Schools Command 1976, Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) 1980, and 1996 Graduate of the University of Maryland’s Center for Creative Leadership.

His military career took him to sea on USS JFK as a carrier based F-14 Tomcat pilot, and as an FA-18A project pilot at the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, California. Between 1985 and 1993 he served as an Engineering Test Pilot on the B-1B, F-16C and F-23 with Westinghouse Electric Corp. From 1993-2002 he served as Executive Vice President of CTA Inc., where he directed engineering projects from Lower Manhattan to Oahu.

From 2002 until January 2016, he directed the expansion efforts at Mojave Air & Space Port as General Manager and CEO. In 2004 Mojave was designated the nation’s first inland spaceport, and played host to the world as Scaled Composites won the $10 Million Ansari X PRIZE, giving birth to the commercial manned spaceflight industry.

Stuart is Chairman Emeritus of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, where he was a founding executive member. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Kern Community College Board of Trustees. 

Stuart is credited with crafting and seeing through to Governor Brown’s signature new Space Flight Participant Liability reform in California known as AB2243.

Stuart is married to the former Susan Etoch and resides in Ridgecrest, California. They have three grown sons.

Patrons

Esther Dyson
Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson

Founding Patron

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

Founding Patron
Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson

Founding Patron

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.

Dylan Taylor
Dylan Taylor

Dylan Taylor

Founding Patron

Dylan Taylor is a leading angel investor, thought leader, futurist, and founding partner of Space Angels, a global network of commercial aerospace investors and entrepreneurs. As an early-stage investor in more than 40 emerging ventures, including Planet, OmniEarth, Accion, York, Kepler, and Vector Space, Dylan has played a key role in the growth of the private space industry.

Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure in the world of NewSpace investing. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics. Underlying Dylan’s passion for space, however, is his fundamental belief in its power to unify humanity. Space exploration, from his point of view, can bring people together by highlighting the arbitrary nature of boundaries we create–geographic, ideological, and otherwise. In 2016, Dylan founded Space for Humanity, a global non-profit that strives to both democratize space as well as to demonstrate the power of space to raise human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems.

Dylan is a leading advocate of space manufacturing and the utilization of in-space resources to further space exploration and settlement. In 2017 he became the first private citizen to manufacturer an item in space when the gravity meter he co-designed and commissioned was 3D printed on the International Space Station. The item currently resides at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to having a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with a number of personal and professional accolades in recent years. The World Economic Forum recognized Dylan as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2014. Taylor is also a Delphi Fellow for Big Think, a digital knowledge forum that brings together top thinkers from around the world to collaborate and share ideas. Dylan is also Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Taylor earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and holds a BS in Engineering from the honors college at the University of Arizona where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and was President of the Engineering College. In 2013 he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University.

Dylan Taylor

Founding Patron
Dylan Taylor

Dylan Taylor

Founding Patron

Dylan Taylor is a leading angel investor, thought leader, futurist, and founding partner of Space Angels, a global network of commercial aerospace investors and entrepreneurs. As an early-stage investor in more than 40 emerging ventures, including Planet, OmniEarth, Accion, York, Kepler, and Vector Space, Dylan has played a key role in the growth of the private space industry.

Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure in the world of NewSpace investing. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics. Underlying Dylan’s passion for space, however, is his fundamental belief in its power to unify humanity. Space exploration, from his point of view, can bring people together by highlighting the arbitrary nature of boundaries we create–geographic, ideological, and otherwise. In 2016, Dylan founded Space for Humanity, a global non-profit that strives to both democratize space as well as to demonstrate the power of space to raise human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems.

Dylan is a leading advocate of space manufacturing and the utilization of in-space resources to further space exploration and settlement. In 2017 he became the first private citizen to manufacturer an item in space when the gravity meter he co-designed and commissioned was 3D printed on the International Space Station. The item currently resides at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to having a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with a number of personal and professional accolades in recent years. The World Economic Forum recognized Dylan as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2014. Taylor is also a Delphi Fellow for Big Think, a digital knowledge forum that brings together top thinkers from around the world to collaborate and share ideas. Dylan is also Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Taylor earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and holds a BS in Engineering from the honors college at the University of Arizona where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and was President of the Engineering College. In 2013 he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University.

Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson

Chad Anderson

Chad Anderson

Chad Anderson

Chad Anderson

Jake Cusack
Jake Cusack

Jake Cusack

Jake Cusack is managing partner of CrossBoundary, an innovative investment advisory firm that unlocks private capital to drive positive change in frontier markets. In 2015 the firm also launched CrossBoundary Energy, an investment vehicle for distributed solar energy generation in Africa. Prior to CrossBoundary, Jake served as a Marine Corps officer, receiving the Bronze Star for actions in Iraq. He later worked for Abraaj Capital, a large emerging market private equity firm. Jake has written for the New York Times, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The New Republic, and Inc. Magazine. Jake has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. He has been recognized as an Aspen Ideas Scholar and Presidential Leadership Scholar. Jake has made several early stage investments in space companies, including through the Space Angels network, and has other personal investments in Hyperloop, consumer technology companies, and several restaurants.

Jake Cusack

Jake Cusack

Jake Cusack

Jake Cusack is managing partner of CrossBoundary, an innovative investment advisory firm that unlocks private capital to drive positive change in frontier markets. In 2015 the firm also launched CrossBoundary Energy, an investment vehicle for distributed solar energy generation in Africa. Prior to CrossBoundary, Jake served as a Marine Corps officer, receiving the Bronze Star for actions in Iraq. He later worked for Abraaj Capital, a large emerging market private equity firm. Jake has written for the New York Times, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The New Republic, and Inc. Magazine. Jake has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. He has been recognized as an Aspen Ideas Scholar and Presidential Leadership Scholar. Jake has made several early stage investments in space companies, including through the Space Angels network, and has other personal investments in Hyperloop, consumer technology companies, and several restaurants.

William Miller
William Miller

William Miller

Mr. William “Bill” D. Miller is both an accomplished business executive and strategist with an impressive history of success, spearheading all aspects of the development, operation, and optimization of cutting-edge organizations. Bill has been researching and investing private equity in leading-edge New Space startups with sustainable business models. Thus far, he’s invested in two new launch companies and a satellite communications technology company and is a general partner of the Space Angels Network, which is the largest angel fund in the space industry.

Bill began his career while still in grad school, starting up a software/hardware firm, Intercomputer Communications Corp., from scratch. He established and grew this lucrative business from an initial $40K investment to produce $36M in income annually in less than a decade. Growth rates surpassed 100% for 11 consecutive years with sustainable profits for each year. Upon the sale of Intercomputer Communications Corp., Bill was recruited by Digital Communications Associates, a $240M NYSE computer software company. Initially as VP & CTO, he formulated their strategy for the next 10 years, which positioned the business for future success. As a result, he was promoted to President of a newly created division, where he oversaw the development of most of the company’s future technologies and grew revenues to ~$22M/year in a short time period.

Bill obtained his B.S. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He also completed Graduate Studies in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati as well as Georgia Institute of Technology. Bill has served on the Board of Directors for several corporations, including Digital Communications Associates Corp. and Intercomputer Communications Corp.

William Miller

William Miller

William Miller

Mr. William “Bill” D. Miller is both an accomplished business executive and strategist with an impressive history of success, spearheading all aspects of the development, operation, and optimization of cutting-edge organizations. Bill has been researching and investing private equity in leading-edge New Space startups with sustainable business models. Thus far, he’s invested in two new launch companies and a satellite communications technology company and is a general partner of the Space Angels Network, which is the largest angel fund in the space industry.

Bill began his career while still in grad school, starting up a software/hardware firm, Intercomputer Communications Corp., from scratch. He established and grew this lucrative business from an initial $40K investment to produce $36M in income annually in less than a decade. Growth rates surpassed 100% for 11 consecutive years with sustainable profits for each year. Upon the sale of Intercomputer Communications Corp., Bill was recruited by Digital Communications Associates, a $240M NYSE computer software company. Initially as VP & CTO, he formulated their strategy for the next 10 years, which positioned the business for future success. As a result, he was promoted to President of a newly created division, where he oversaw the development of most of the company’s future technologies and grew revenues to ~$22M/year in a short time period.

Bill obtained his B.S. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He also completed Graduate Studies in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati as well as Georgia Institute of Technology. Bill has served on the Board of Directors for several corporations, including Digital Communications Associates Corp. and Intercomputer Communications Corp.

Bella Miranda
Bella Miranda

Bella Miranda

Bella Miranda is an Executive Consultant, Executive Strategic Planning Coach and Life Coach to a wide array of influential people in Fortune 100 Companies, CEO’s, Entertainment Moguls and Professional Sports Affiliates. She is a captivating public speaker and author of an upcoming self-help book based on her training philosophies and success.

Bella is of the firm belief that “to know the future, you must examine the past.”  Her extensive travels to over 30 countries have given her a sense of cultural diversity and perspective that offers further dimension to the guidance she provides her clients. Already armed with this worldly experience, Bella is primed to venture even further into the universe in her quest for knowledge and insight. Because of this, she is passionate about the human exploration of outer space through spaceflight.

Bella’s mother was one of the first female vice presidents of Lockheed Martin and, in addition to being honored with numerous awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award), Bella has always considered her an empowering businesswoman and a great friend. Bella’s mantra, “Find Your Truth. Find Your Path. Find Your Destiny,” weaves its way through the inward and outward pursuit of her future goals. This mantra is paramount to her own personal success and that of the clients she advises, and she will continue to explore it in her expeditions to outer space.

Bella holds a certification in Micro Expression from the Emotional Intelligence Academy and is a Robbins-Madanes (Tony Robbins and his mentor Cloe Madanes) Life Coach. She is also trained in Body Language Surveillance and is in the process of acquiring her certification in Positive Psychology.

In 2018, she will complete a certification in Innovation & Strategy from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education and another in Applying Psychology in the Workplace from the Cambridge Institution of Continuing Education. That same year, she will also complete Cosmonaut Training to help provide an insight into the future of space travel.

As an affiliate of the National Speakers Association, Bella has participated in many Virgin Unite Leadership Gatherings and is active in the Unite Disruptors Group. She is also an Astronauts for Hire (A4H) sponsor and sits on the Patrons Board for Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Bella engages in numerous philanthropic endeavors and charity events to stop animal poaching. Whatever time that remains in her busy schedule is devoted to nonprofit organizations focusing on families affected by cancer, helping children, environmental advocacy, planet protection and the Mars Movement.

In addition to being a certified yoga instructor, Bella is a student of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), biofeedback and Eastern meditative practices. She is also trained in jujitsu, krav maga and singing.

Bella currently resides in Texas and California.

Bella Miranda

Bella Miranda

Bella Miranda

Bella Miranda is an Executive Consultant, Executive Strategic Planning Coach and Life Coach to a wide array of influential people in Fortune 100 Companies, CEO’s, Entertainment Moguls and Professional Sports Affiliates. She is a captivating public speaker and author of an upcoming self-help book based on her training philosophies and success.

Bella is of the firm belief that “to know the future, you must examine the past.”  Her extensive travels to over 30 countries have given her a sense of cultural diversity and perspective that offers further dimension to the guidance she provides her clients. Already armed with this worldly experience, Bella is primed to venture even further into the universe in her quest for knowledge and insight. Because of this, she is passionate about the human exploration of outer space through spaceflight.

Bella’s mother was one of the first female vice presidents of Lockheed Martin and, in addition to being honored with numerous awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award), Bella has always considered her an empowering businesswoman and a great friend. Bella’s mantra, “Find Your Truth. Find Your Path. Find Your Destiny,” weaves its way through the inward and outward pursuit of her future goals. This mantra is paramount to her own personal success and that of the clients she advises, and she will continue to explore it in her expeditions to outer space.

Bella holds a certification in Micro Expression from the Emotional Intelligence Academy and is a Robbins-Madanes (Tony Robbins and his mentor Cloe Madanes) Life Coach. She is also trained in Body Language Surveillance and is in the process of acquiring her certification in Positive Psychology.

In 2018, she will complete a certification in Innovation & Strategy from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education and another in Applying Psychology in the Workplace from the Cambridge Institution of Continuing Education. That same year, she will also complete Cosmonaut Training to help provide an insight into the future of space travel.

As an affiliate of the National Speakers Association, Bella has participated in many Virgin Unite Leadership Gatherings and is active in the Unite Disruptors Group. She is also an Astronauts for Hire (A4H) sponsor and sits on the Patrons Board for Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Bella engages in numerous philanthropic endeavors and charity events to stop animal poaching. Whatever time that remains in her busy schedule is devoted to nonprofit organizations focusing on families affected by cancer, helping children, environmental advocacy, planet protection and the Mars Movement.

In addition to being a certified yoga instructor, Bella is a student of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), biofeedback and Eastern meditative practices. She is also trained in jujitsu, krav maga and singing.

Bella currently resides in Texas and California.

Brad Perkins
Brad Perkins

Brad Perkins

Bio coming soon!

Brad Perkins

Brad Perkins

Brad Perkins

Bio coming soon!

Nova Spivack
Nova Spivack

Nova Spivack

Nova Spivack is a leading technology futurist, serial entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. He has founded numerous ventures, resulting in multiple IPO’s and acquisitions amounting to billions of dollars of combined market capitalization and investor returns. He was recognized as the top 20 futurists in the world, and was named to Re/Code’s List of LA Power Players in Tech.

Nova is the founder and CEO of Magical, an early stage science and technology venture incubator. He is also a venture partner in Rewired.ai, a $100M venture fund focused on robotics and AI, and he advises EES Ventures, a cleantech and sustainable energy fund.

Nova also advises and invests in numerous ventures, including co-founding Fuzionaire (a breakthrough chemistry venture founded out of Caltech) and Fuzionaire Diagnostics (a spinout of Fuzionaire that makes cancer biomarkers for medical imaging).

Nova is also the co-founder of the Arch Mission Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation that is building a billion year archive of humanity’s most important data to put in space. Nova also serves on the board of directors of the Common Crawl Foundation, a 5+ billion page, free and open search index of the Web.

He has authored hundreds of articles, and nearly 100 granted and/or pending patents in areas including AI, search, advertising, social media, augmented reality, virtual reality, and interactive TV.

Nova  flew to the edge of space in 1999, and then angel-funded Space Adventures, one of the first space tourism companies.

His grandfather was the management guru, Peter Drucker.

Additional details and history related to Nova Spivack can be found on his Bio Page, and his Wikipedia page and at LinkedIn

Nova Spivack

Nova Spivack

Nova Spivack

Nova Spivack is a leading technology futurist, serial entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. He has founded numerous ventures, resulting in multiple IPO’s and acquisitions amounting to billions of dollars of combined market capitalization and investor returns. He was recognized as the top 20 futurists in the world, and was named to Re/Code’s List of LA Power Players in Tech.

Nova is the founder and CEO of Magical, an early stage science and technology venture incubator. He is also a venture partner in Rewired.ai, a $100M venture fund focused on robotics and AI, and he advises EES Ventures, a cleantech and sustainable energy fund.

Nova also advises and invests in numerous ventures, including co-founding Fuzionaire (a breakthrough chemistry venture founded out of Caltech) and Fuzionaire Diagnostics (a spinout of Fuzionaire that makes cancer biomarkers for medical imaging).

Nova is also the co-founder of the Arch Mission Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation that is building a billion year archive of humanity’s most important data to put in space. Nova also serves on the board of directors of the Common Crawl Foundation, a 5+ billion page, free and open search index of the Web.

He has authored hundreds of articles, and nearly 100 granted and/or pending patents in areas including AI, search, advertising, social media, augmented reality, virtual reality, and interactive TV.

Nova  flew to the edge of space in 1999, and then angel-funded Space Adventures, one of the first space tourism companies.

His grandfather was the management guru, Peter Drucker.

Additional details and history related to Nova Spivack can be found on his Bio Page, and his Wikipedia page and at LinkedIn

David Wallerstein
David Wallerstein

David Wallerstein

David A M Wallerstein, Chief eXploration Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent. Mr. Wallerstein joined the Company in 2001 and drives the company’s active participation in new and emerging technologies, business areas, and ideas from his base in Palo Alto, California. Mr. Wallerstein has worked on building Tencent’s international footprint and entrance into new business areas since 2001.

David Wallerstein

David Wallerstein

David Wallerstein

David A M Wallerstein, Chief eXploration Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent. Mr. Wallerstein joined the Company in 2001 and drives the company’s active participation in new and emerging technologies, business areas, and ideas from his base in Palo Alto, California. Mr. Wallerstein has worked on building Tencent’s international footprint and entrance into new business areas since 2001.

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 Executive Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Sanford leads the policy development and lobbying efforts at CSF, where he is focused on promoting policies that enable fair and open competition, spur innovation, and expand public-private partnerships.

 

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.

Tommy Sanford

Executive Director
Tommy Sanford

Tommy Sanford

Executive Director

Tommy Sanford is the Executive Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Sanford leads the policy development and lobbying efforts at CSF, where he is focused on promoting policies that enable fair and open competition, spur innovation, and expand public-private partnerships.

 

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.

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.

Alexandra Johnson
Alexandra Johnson

Alexandra Johnson

Space Policy Analyst

Bio Coming Soon!

Alexandra Johnson

Space Policy Analyst
Alexandra Johnson

Alexandra Johnson

Space Policy Analyst

Bio Coming Soon!

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 2018 are now being accepted. Please apply by November 3rd, 2017. 

Contact Us

Our offices are located at:
Commercial Spaceflight Federation
727 15th Street NW Suite 800 
Washington, DC 20005

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