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The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is to promote the development of commercial human spaceflight and the commercial space industry, 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

Caryn Schenewerk
Caryn Schenewerk

Caryn Schenewerk

CSF Chairwoman

As Vice President for regulatory and government affairs, Caryn Schenewerk leads Relativity Space’s regulatory efforts and policy engagement with all branches and levels of government. Prior to joining Relativity, Caryn spent nearly a decade focused on civil and commercial space at SpaceX, most recently as Senior Counsel and Senior Director of Spaceflight Policy. Caryn has extensive experience working with U.S. Government agencies on space launch and recovery operations, particularly the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, which licenses commercial launches and reentries. Caryn has also supported NASA contracts for Astronaut and cargo carriage to the International Space Station.

Caryn is honored to serve as an adjunct professor of space law at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining the space industry, Caryn served as Deputy Associate Director for Legislative Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. Caryn has also served as Counsel, Policy Director and Deputy Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill; her last Hill position was with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Caryn started her legal career in international trade law.

Caryn earned her bachelor’s degree from Austin College in Sherman, TX, her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin and a Masters in Laws (LLM) from the University of Nottingham in England. She is a member of the New York and D.C. Bars.

Caryn Schenewerk

CSF Chairwoman
Relativity Space
Caryn Schenewerk

Caryn Schenewerk

CSF Chairwoman

As Vice President for regulatory and government affairs, Caryn Schenewerk leads Relativity Space’s regulatory efforts and policy engagement with all branches and levels of government. Prior to joining Relativity, Caryn spent nearly a decade focused on civil and commercial space at SpaceX, most recently as Senior Counsel and Senior Director of Spaceflight Policy. Caryn has extensive experience working with U.S. Government agencies on space launch and recovery operations, particularly the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, which licenses commercial launches and reentries. Caryn has also supported NASA contracts for Astronaut and cargo carriage to the International Space Station.

Caryn is honored to serve as an adjunct professor of space law at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining the space industry, Caryn served as Deputy Associate Director for Legislative Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. Caryn has also served as Counsel, Policy Director and Deputy Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill; her last Hill position was with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Caryn started her legal career in international trade law.

Caryn earned her bachelor’s degree from Austin College in Sherman, TX, her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin and a Masters in Laws (LLM) from the University of Nottingham in England. She is a member of the New York and D.C. Bars.

Mark Mozena
Mark Mozena

Mark Mozena

CSF Vice Chairman

Mark Mozena is the Senior Director of Government Affairs for Planet in Washington, D.C. where he leads Planet’s government relations and policy efforts with Congress and U.S. Government Agencies.  Before joining Planet, Mark worked for United Launch Alliance (ULA) where he handled the civil space portfolio and led government relations with NASA, NOAA, and the FAA. Prior to ULA, Mark worked for Representative Michael Honda (D-Silicon Valley, CA) in Washington, D.C. Mark initially joined the Congressman as an AAAS Congressional Science & Technology Policy Fellow before transitioning to permanent staff. As a Senior Policy Advisor, Mark managed the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee for Congressman Honda who served as the Subcommittee’s Ranking Member. Before working on Capitol Hill, Mark received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz where his research focused on galaxy evolution. As the son of a US diplomat, Mark spent much of his childhood living in South Asia and southern Africa before going to Rice University in Houston, Texas for his bachelor’s degree. Following Rice, Mark taught high school physics with Teach For America in St. Louis, Missouri before moving to California for graduate school.

Mark Mozena

CSF Vice Chairman
Planet
Mark Mozena

Mark Mozena

CSF Vice Chairman

Mark Mozena is the Senior Director of Government Affairs for Planet in Washington, D.C. where he leads Planet’s government relations and policy efforts with Congress and U.S. Government Agencies.  Before joining Planet, Mark worked for United Launch Alliance (ULA) where he handled the civil space portfolio and led government relations with NASA, NOAA, and the FAA. Prior to ULA, Mark worked for Representative Michael Honda (D-Silicon Valley, CA) in Washington, D.C. Mark initially joined the Congressman as an AAAS Congressional Science & Technology Policy Fellow before transitioning to permanent staff. As a Senior Policy Advisor, Mark managed the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee for Congressman Honda who served as the Subcommittee’s Ranking Member. Before working on Capitol Hill, Mark received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz where his research focused on galaxy evolution. As the son of a US diplomat, Mark spent much of his childhood living in South Asia and southern Africa before going to Rice University in Houston, Texas for his bachelor’s degree. Following Rice, Mark taught high school physics with Teach For America in St. Louis, Missouri before moving to California for graduate school.

Michael Gold
Michael Gold

Michael Gold

CSF Treasurer

Mike Gold is the Executive Vice President for Civil Space and External Affairs at Redwire Space. In this capacity Mr. Gold supports the company’s business development efforts as well as government and media relations. Prior to joining Redwire Space, Mr. Gold was NASA’s Associate Administrator for Space Policy and Partnerships and also served as Acting Associate Administrator for the Office of International and Interagency Relations. Before joining NASA, Gold was Vice President of Civil Space at MAXAR Technologies and General Counsel for the company’s Radiant Solutions Business Unit. Gold also spent thirteen years at Bigelow Aerospace where he established the company’s Washington office, oversaw the launches of the Genesis 1 and 2 spacecraft, and was a recipient of a NASA Group Achievement award for his role in the development and deployment of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) on the International Space Station. In 2012, Gold was appointed Chair of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee, holding this position until joining NASA in 2019. In 2018, Mr. Gold was appointed to the NASA Advisory Council and served as Chair of its Regulatory and Policy Committee. In 2021, Gold was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal in recognition for his leadership of the Artemis Accords, the Gateway MOUs, and other interagency policy development and coordination efforts. Gold has authored three law review articles on the topic of commercial space and export control reform and has testified several times before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as a commercial space expert. Gold graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of New York.

Michael Gold

CSF Treasurer
Redwire Space
Michael Gold

Michael Gold

CSF Treasurer

Mike Gold is the Executive Vice President for Civil Space and External Affairs at Redwire Space. In this capacity Mr. Gold supports the company’s business development efforts as well as government and media relations. Prior to joining Redwire Space, Mr. Gold was NASA’s Associate Administrator for Space Policy and Partnerships and also served as Acting Associate Administrator for the Office of International and Interagency Relations. Before joining NASA, Gold was Vice President of Civil Space at MAXAR Technologies and General Counsel for the company’s Radiant Solutions Business Unit. Gold also spent thirteen years at Bigelow Aerospace where he established the company’s Washington office, oversaw the launches of the Genesis 1 and 2 spacecraft, and was a recipient of a NASA Group Achievement award for his role in the development and deployment of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) on the International Space Station. In 2012, Gold was appointed Chair of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee, holding this position until joining NASA in 2019. In 2018, Mr. Gold was appointed to the NASA Advisory Council and served as Chair of its Regulatory and Policy Committee. In 2021, Gold was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal in recognition for his leadership of the Artemis Accords, the Gateway MOUs, and other interagency policy development and coordination efforts. Gold has authored three law review articles on the topic of commercial space and export control reform and has testified several times before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as a commercial space expert. Gold graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of New York.

Taber MacCallum
Taber MacCallum

Taber MacCallum

CSF Officer

Space Perspective is a human spaceflight company dedicated to making the powerful experience of seeing the curvature of the Earth in the blackness of space accessible to millions of people, companies and governments via high-altitude balloon operating with a capsule at the edge of space. Founded by the award-winning serial aerospace entrepreneur team of Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, Space Perspective is built on their successful 30-year track record including Biosphere 2, Paragon Space Development Corp, StratEx, and World View. Bloomberg Business Journal called the Poynter MacCallum team “Masters of the Stratosphere.”

Mr. MacCallum is Chairman of the Board of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, whose mission is to advance commercial human spaceflight and the entire commercial space industry, to pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry. Taber also serves on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson.

Taber MacCallum is co-founder, director and founding Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of World View Enterprises Inc., the world’s first fully integrated stratospheric ballooning company,locating manufacturing, vehicle integration, test, launch, operations and recovery together in a purpose-built facility. Under Taber’s technical leadership World View pioneered a new class of solar powered long duration stratospheric vehicle called a Stratollite. The stratospheric balloon technology uses regenerative air ballast for buoyancy and trajectory control to offer unique perspectives of Earth from the edge of space. The Silicon Valley-backed company offers enterprise and government agencies low-cost, long-duration, persistent high-altitude flight, unavailable by any other means. Stratollite applications include: communications in remote locations to connect the remaining 4-billiion people without reliable connectivity; remote sensing applications that DARPA has called “game changing;” weather insights that can increase tornado predictions from minutes to hours; and many research applications. The Stratollite was featured on the cover of the most widely read aerospace journal, Aerospace America. Working with Pima County, World View founded and operates Spaceport Tucson.

Prior to World View, he was the co-founder, CEO and CTO of Paragon Space Development Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of hazardous environment life support equipment. He also served as the CTO and safety officer for StratEx, a project that launched Google Executive Alan Eustace to the edge of space under a helium balloon for his world record-breaking flight in 2014, after which he dove back to Earth from over 135,000 feet, breaking the speed of sound. Technical innovations included stratospheric balloon launch systems, transonic flight stabilization, and the first newly designed operational space suit to fly in 40 years. The space suit is now on permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. A documentary called 14 minutes from Earth on the StratEx team and the extraordinary engineering and human feat was published in 2016.

Mr. MacCallum is a founding member of the Biosphere 2 design team, and one of eight original crew members that spent two years inside the materially sealed three-acre ecological system, which demonstrated the viability of artificial biospheres for use on Earth and in long-duration interplanetary travel.

Taber has sailed to over 40 ports and more than 30,000 miles around the world, serving at every level of command. He is an Advanced Diving Instructor and served as Dive Master on projects including reintroduction of captive research dolphins to the wild, ship salvage operations, Biosphere 2 Ocean collections, and deep-water specimen collecting expeditions in every ocean and most of the world’s seas.

Mr. MacCallum was the Principal Investigator on five space microgravity experiments starting in 1988 on the Soviet BioSatellite, then the U.S. Space Shuttle, Russian Mir Space Station and International Space Station. The four-month experiments on Mir produced the first animals to have completed their life cycle off the Earth.

He also served as Chief Technology Officer for Inspiration Mars, which detailed plans for an almost 2-year fly-by mission around Mars with two crew members, and published performance data from a complete life support system, demonstrating recycling of wastewater and oxygen.

Mr. MacCallum holds a variety of technology patents, most notably including Biosphere 2’sAtmospheric Monitoring System, the Boeing CST-100 spacecraft Humidity Control System,thermal radiators for Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser spacecraft, a hazardous water diving suit for the U.S Navy, the StratEx stable supersonic flight spacesuit, a waste water recovery system for Mars now going to the International Space Station, the World View stratospheric parafoil flight system, and several in breakthrough stratospheric altitude control navigation technology for the World View Stratollite.

Taber MacCallum

CSF Officer
Space Perspective, Inc.
Taber MacCallum

Taber MacCallum

CSF Officer

Space Perspective is a human spaceflight company dedicated to making the powerful experience of seeing the curvature of the Earth in the blackness of space accessible to millions of people, companies and governments via high-altitude balloon operating with a capsule at the edge of space. Founded by the award-winning serial aerospace entrepreneur team of Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, Space Perspective is built on their successful 30-year track record including Biosphere 2, Paragon Space Development Corp, StratEx, and World View. Bloomberg Business Journal called the Poynter MacCallum team “Masters of the Stratosphere.”

Mr. MacCallum is Chairman of the Board of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, whose mission is to advance commercial human spaceflight and the entire commercial space industry, to pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry. Taber also serves on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson.

Taber MacCallum is co-founder, director and founding Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of World View Enterprises Inc., the world’s first fully integrated stratospheric ballooning company,locating manufacturing, vehicle integration, test, launch, operations and recovery together in a purpose-built facility. Under Taber’s technical leadership World View pioneered a new class of solar powered long duration stratospheric vehicle called a Stratollite. The stratospheric balloon technology uses regenerative air ballast for buoyancy and trajectory control to offer unique perspectives of Earth from the edge of space. The Silicon Valley-backed company offers enterprise and government agencies low-cost, long-duration, persistent high-altitude flight, unavailable by any other means. Stratollite applications include: communications in remote locations to connect the remaining 4-billiion people without reliable connectivity; remote sensing applications that DARPA has called “game changing;” weather insights that can increase tornado predictions from minutes to hours; and many research applications. The Stratollite was featured on the cover of the most widely read aerospace journal, Aerospace America. Working with Pima County, World View founded and operates Spaceport Tucson.

Prior to World View, he was the co-founder, CEO and CTO of Paragon Space Development Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of hazardous environment life support equipment. He also served as the CTO and safety officer for StratEx, a project that launched Google Executive Alan Eustace to the edge of space under a helium balloon for his world record-breaking flight in 2014, after which he dove back to Earth from over 135,000 feet, breaking the speed of sound. Technical innovations included stratospheric balloon launch systems, transonic flight stabilization, and the first newly designed operational space suit to fly in 40 years. The space suit is now on permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. A documentary called 14 minutes from Earth on the StratEx team and the extraordinary engineering and human feat was published in 2016.

Mr. MacCallum is a founding member of the Biosphere 2 design team, and one of eight original crew members that spent two years inside the materially sealed three-acre ecological system, which demonstrated the viability of artificial biospheres for use on Earth and in long-duration interplanetary travel.

Taber has sailed to over 40 ports and more than 30,000 miles around the world, serving at every level of command. He is an Advanced Diving Instructor and served as Dive Master on projects including reintroduction of captive research dolphins to the wild, ship salvage operations, Biosphere 2 Ocean collections, and deep-water specimen collecting expeditions in every ocean and most of the world’s seas.

Mr. MacCallum was the Principal Investigator on five space microgravity experiments starting in 1988 on the Soviet BioSatellite, then the U.S. Space Shuttle, Russian Mir Space Station and International Space Station. The four-month experiments on Mir produced the first animals to have completed their life cycle off the Earth.

He also served as Chief Technology Officer for Inspiration Mars, which detailed plans for an almost 2-year fly-by mission around Mars with two crew members, and published performance data from a complete life support system, demonstrating recycling of wastewater and oxygen.

Mr. MacCallum holds a variety of technology patents, most notably including Biosphere 2’sAtmospheric Monitoring System, the Boeing CST-100 spacecraft Humidity Control System,thermal radiators for Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser spacecraft, a hazardous water diving suit for the U.S Navy, the StratEx stable supersonic flight spacesuit, a waste water recovery system for Mars now going to the International Space Station, the World View stratospheric parafoil flight system, and several in breakthrough stratospheric altitude control navigation technology for the World View Stratollite.

Megan Mitchell
Megan Mitchell

Megan Mitchell

CSF Officer

Megan Mitchell is the Vice President of Government Relations for Blue Origin, a private space company developing vehicles and technologies that dramatically improve access to space for people and payloads.

Megan leads the company’s engagement with Congress and the executive branch in the interest of Blue Origin’s public policy priorities, including civil, national security and commercial space transportation.

Prior to joining Blue in 2015, Megan worked for the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation for six years. She concurrently served as the Space & Aeronautics Fellow to the Chairman of the Space Subcommittee in the House of Representatives from 2012-2013, before joining the Chairman’s permanent staff in 2014.

Megan studied at the International Space University (ISU) Summer Studies Program in Strasburg, France in 2010 and worked with the FAA Aircraft Certification Office in Anchorage,
Alaska, in 2007. Previous to that Megan was a Project Engineer for Lockheed Martin in Anchorage, Alaska, where she was responsible for the Weather Camera Program and working with the FAA NextGen and ADS-B technology programs.

Megan holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the
University of California, Los Angeles and Utah State University, respectively, and a Certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University.

Megan Mitchell

CSF Officer
Blue Origin
Megan Mitchell

Megan Mitchell

CSF Officer

Megan Mitchell is the Vice President of Government Relations for Blue Origin, a private space company developing vehicles and technologies that dramatically improve access to space for people and payloads.

Megan leads the company’s engagement with Congress and the executive branch in the interest of Blue Origin’s public policy priorities, including civil, national security and commercial space transportation.

Prior to joining Blue in 2015, Megan worked for the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation for six years. She concurrently served as the Space & Aeronautics Fellow to the Chairman of the Space Subcommittee in the House of Representatives from 2012-2013, before joining the Chairman’s permanent staff in 2014.

Megan studied at the International Space University (ISU) Summer Studies Program in Strasburg, France in 2010 and worked with the FAA Aircraft Certification Office in Anchorage,
Alaska, in 2007. Previous to that Megan was a Project Engineer for Lockheed Martin in Anchorage, Alaska, where she was responsible for the Weather Camera Program and working with the FAA NextGen and ADS-B technology programs.

Megan holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the
University of California, Los Angeles and Utah State University, respectively, and a Certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University.

Travis Langster
Travis Langster

Travis Langster

CSF Officer

Travis Langster is Vice President and General Manager of COMSPOC Corp, a global leader in space situational awareness, space domain awareness, and space traffic coordination and management. Through the first-of-its-kind commercial SSA center, COMSPOC delivers precise and accurate space domain awareness to address current and emerging challenges in today’s space environment. COMSPOC Corp. operates the Commercial Space Operations Center; Space Data Center; the free space safety service CelesTrak; and provides staffing and resources for the Center for Space Standards and Innovation, a research arm, and the Space Safety Coalition.

Travis has more than 20 years of professional experience in space operations, space intelligence; strategic partnerships; business development; corporate strategy; global marketing and sales; technical management; systems engineering; and diversity planning. Prior to officially establishing COMSPOC Corp. as a separate entity in 2020, Travis was Vice President, DoD and Intel Space Business Development at AGI, an Ansys company, responsible for strategy and business development within the national security space community. He began his aerospace career as an engineer with General Electric Aerospace where he focused on the launch and on-orbit operations of Air Force satellite systems. Travis was also a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin Astro Space. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering with a minor in mathematics from Purdue University.

Travis Langster

CSF Officer
COMSPOC
Travis Langster

Travis Langster

CSF Officer

Travis Langster is Vice President and General Manager of COMSPOC Corp, a global leader in space situational awareness, space domain awareness, and space traffic coordination and management. Through the first-of-its-kind commercial SSA center, COMSPOC delivers precise and accurate space domain awareness to address current and emerging challenges in today’s space environment. COMSPOC Corp. operates the Commercial Space Operations Center; Space Data Center; the free space safety service CelesTrak; and provides staffing and resources for the Center for Space Standards and Innovation, a research arm, and the Space Safety Coalition.

Travis has more than 20 years of professional experience in space operations, space intelligence; strategic partnerships; business development; corporate strategy; global marketing and sales; technical management; systems engineering; and diversity planning. Prior to officially establishing COMSPOC Corp. as a separate entity in 2020, Travis was Vice President, DoD and Intel Space Business Development at AGI, an Ansys company, responsible for strategy and business development within the national security space community. He began his aerospace career as an engineer with General Electric Aerospace where he focused on the launch and on-orbit operations of Air Force satellite systems. Travis was also a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin Astro Space. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering with a minor in mathematics from Purdue University.

Karen Cox
Karen Cox

Karen Cox

CSF Officer

Karen Yasumura Cox joined Maxar in 2014 and serves as Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy. Ms. Cox oversees the company’s federal, state and local legislative and policy agendas.

Ms. Cox was previously Manager of Government Affairs at Intelsat, where she also chaired the company’s Political Action Committee. Prior to that she was a policy advisor in the U.S. Senate and a legislative analyst for the U.S. Air Force. She has been a company representative to the Satellite Industry Association, a Board Member of the Washington Space Business Roundtable and an officer for Women in Aerospace.

Ms. Cox holds a Masters of National Security Policy from the Naval War College and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Leadership from the University of Denver.

Karen Cox

CSF Officer
MAXAR
Karen Cox

Karen Cox

CSF Officer

Karen Yasumura Cox joined Maxar in 2014 and serves as Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy. Ms. Cox oversees the company’s federal, state and local legislative and policy agendas.

Ms. Cox was previously Manager of Government Affairs at Intelsat, where she also chaired the company’s Political Action Committee. Prior to that she was a policy advisor in the U.S. Senate and a legislative analyst for the U.S. Air Force. She has been a company representative to the Satellite Industry Association, a Board Member of the Washington Space Business Roundtable and an officer for Women in Aerospace.

Ms. Cox holds a Masters of National Security Policy from the Naval War College and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Leadership from the University of Denver.

Dr. Janet Kavandi
Dr. Janet Kavandi

Dr. Janet Kavandi

CSF Officer

Dr. Janet L. Kavandi serves as Senior Vice President in the Space Systems Group at Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) in Louisville, Colorado.  There, she is responsible for the company’s space programs, including the Dream Chaser® spaceplane, which is under contract to deliver supplies to the International Space Station beginning in 2021.  Dream Chaser is a winged vehicle and the only resupply vehicle capable of landing on a commercial runway.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Kavandi served as director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In this position, she was responsible for planning, organizing and directing the activities required for cutting-edge research on aerospace and aeronautical propulsion, power, and communication technologies.  Previous to accepting the director’s position, Dr. Kavandi served as Glenn’s deputy director.

Before her time at Glenn, Dr. Kavandi worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where she served as the director of Flight Crew Operations. In this role, she was responsible for the Astronaut Corps and aircraft operations at Ellington Field. Dr. Kavandi also served as the deputy director of the Health and Human Performance Directorate, where she ­­­­­­­­­was responsible for the NASA flight surgeons and human research investigations on the International Space Station (ISS).

Dr. Kavandi was selected as a NASA astronaut in December 1994 as a member of the fifteenth class of U.S. astronauts.  During her time in the Astronaut Office, she supported International Space Station payload integration, capsule communications, robotics and served as deputy chief of the Astronaut Office. She is a veteran of three space flights, serving as a mission specialist on STS-91 in 1998, STS-99 in 2000 and STS-104 in 2001. Dr. Kavandi has logged more than 33 days in space, traveling more than 13.1 million miles in 535 Earth orbits.

Born in Springfield, Missouri, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, a Master of Science degree in chemistry from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, and her doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. Kavandi has been recognized with two Presidential Rank Awards, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, two Exceptional Service Medals, three NASA Space Flight Medals, and NASA’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal.

Dr. Kavandi and her husband, John, have two adult children.

Dr. Janet Kavandi

CSF Officer
Sierra Nevada Corporation
Dr. Janet Kavandi

Dr. Janet Kavandi

CSF Officer

Dr. Janet L. Kavandi serves as Senior Vice President in the Space Systems Group at Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) in Louisville, Colorado.  There, she is responsible for the company’s space programs, including the Dream Chaser® spaceplane, which is under contract to deliver supplies to the International Space Station beginning in 2021.  Dream Chaser is a winged vehicle and the only resupply vehicle capable of landing on a commercial runway.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Kavandi served as director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In this position, she was responsible for planning, organizing and directing the activities required for cutting-edge research on aerospace and aeronautical propulsion, power, and communication technologies.  Previous to accepting the director’s position, Dr. Kavandi served as Glenn’s deputy director.

Before her time at Glenn, Dr. Kavandi worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where she served as the director of Flight Crew Operations. In this role, she was responsible for the Astronaut Corps and aircraft operations at Ellington Field. Dr. Kavandi also served as the deputy director of the Health and Human Performance Directorate, where she ­­­­­­­­­was responsible for the NASA flight surgeons and human research investigations on the International Space Station (ISS).

Dr. Kavandi was selected as a NASA astronaut in December 1994 as a member of the fifteenth class of U.S. astronauts.  During her time in the Astronaut Office, she supported International Space Station payload integration, capsule communications, robotics and served as deputy chief of the Astronaut Office. She is a veteran of three space flights, serving as a mission specialist on STS-91 in 1998, STS-99 in 2000 and STS-104 in 2001. Dr. Kavandi has logged more than 33 days in space, traveling more than 13.1 million miles in 535 Earth orbits.

Born in Springfield, Missouri, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, a Master of Science degree in chemistry from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, and her doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. Kavandi has been recognized with two Presidential Rank Awards, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, two Exceptional Service Medals, three NASA Space Flight Medals, and NASA’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal.

Dr. Kavandi and her husband, John, have two adult children.

Jillianne Pierce
Jillianne Pierce

Jillianne Pierce

CSF Officer

Jillianne Pierce is the Director of Federal Government Relations for Space Florida. In this capacity, she regularly interfaces with industry, the United States Congress, the
Administration, and various federal and international departments and agencies to effectively convey and clarify Space Florida initiatives and priorities. Jillianne also monitors pending legislation and coordinates with key stakeholders and state organizations to accomplish Space Florida’s federal legislative agenda.

A member of the Florida Bar, Jillianne earned a J.D. from the University of Miami and a B.A. from the University of Central Florida.

Jillianne Pierce

CSF Officer
Space Florida
Jillianne Pierce

Jillianne Pierce

CSF Officer

Jillianne Pierce is the Director of Federal Government Relations for Space Florida. In this capacity, she regularly interfaces with industry, the United States Congress, the
Administration, and various federal and international departments and agencies to effectively convey and clarify Space Florida initiatives and priorities. Jillianne also monitors pending legislation and coordinates with key stakeholders and state organizations to accomplish Space Florida’s federal legislative agenda.

A member of the Florida Bar, Jillianne earned a J.D. from the University of Miami and a B.A. from the University of Central Florida.

Mat Dunn
Mat Dunn

Mat Dunn

CSF Officer

Mat Dunn is the Senior Director, Global Government Affairs at SpaceX. In this position, Mat coordinates federal legislative and executive agency affairs for SpaceX’s Global Business and Government Affairs office in Washington, D.C., with a focus on defense policy, national security space launch, civil space, export issues, satellite and spectrum policy issues, coalitions, and policies to enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. space industry. Mat also supports international market access and global government affairs for SpaceX’s Starlink program. Additionally, Mat manages state and local government relations for the company, and oversees political affairs for SpaceX. Mat previously served as the Chairman of the National Security Space Committee at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and is past Chairman of the Regulatory Committee at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF).

Prior to joining SpaceX in January 2011, Mat was the Legislative Director for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), where he led the Washington Operations for the leading trade association for the $40 billion North American marine industry. Prior to this, Mat worked at the Center for Health Policy & Legislative Analysis (HPLA), an internal think tank at The MayaTech Corporation.

Mat is a graduate (cum laude) of The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, where he was a nationally-ranked intercollegiate debater. He holds a Master of Arts in Irish Fiction from the Institute for Irish Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Mat Dunn

CSF Officer
SpaceX
Mat Dunn

Mat Dunn

CSF Officer

Mat Dunn is the Senior Director, Global Government Affairs at SpaceX. In this position, Mat coordinates federal legislative and executive agency affairs for SpaceX’s Global Business and Government Affairs office in Washington, D.C., with a focus on defense policy, national security space launch, civil space, export issues, satellite and spectrum policy issues, coalitions, and policies to enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. space industry. Mat also supports international market access and global government affairs for SpaceX’s Starlink program. Additionally, Mat manages state and local government relations for the company, and oversees political affairs for SpaceX. Mat previously served as the Chairman of the National Security Space Committee at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and is past Chairman of the Regulatory Committee at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF).

Prior to joining SpaceX in January 2011, Mat was the Legislative Director for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), where he led the Washington Operations for the leading trade association for the $40 billion North American marine industry. Prior to this, Mat worked at the Center for Health Policy & Legislative Analysis (HPLA), an internal think tank at The MayaTech Corporation.

Mat is a graduate (cum laude) of The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, where he was a nationally-ranked intercollegiate debater. He holds a Master of Arts in Irish Fiction from the Institute for Irish Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Sirisha Bandla
Sirisha Bandla

Sirisha Bandla

CSF Officer

Sirisha Bandla currently works as the Vice President of Government Affairs and Research
Operations for Virgin Galactic. In this role, Sirisha oversees legislative, regulatory, and
government business priorities for the company, as well as work with research customers to fly science and technology experiments on VG’s SpaceShip class of vehicles.

Previously, Sirisha served as the Associate Director for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, an industry association of commercial spaceflight companies. At CSF, Sirisha worked on various policies with the aim to promote and enable the then emerging commercial space industry. Before CSF, she worked as an aerospace engineer designing components for advanced aircraft at L-3 Communications in Greenville, Texas.

Sirisha has a Bachelors of Science degree in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from
Purdue and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the George Washington
University. Sirisha serves on the Board of American Society for Gravitational and Space
Research, American Astronautical Society, and the Future Space Leaders Foundation.
Sirisha also helps to organize the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program, an internship
and mentorship program that provides summer opportunities to current college juniors, seniors, and graduate students passionate about commercial spaceflight.

Sirisha Bandla

CSF Officer
Virgin Galactic
Sirisha Bandla

Sirisha Bandla

CSF Officer

Sirisha Bandla currently works as the Vice President of Government Affairs and Research
Operations for Virgin Galactic. In this role, Sirisha oversees legislative, regulatory, and
government business priorities for the company, as well as work with research customers to fly science and technology experiments on VG’s SpaceShip class of vehicles.

Previously, Sirisha served as the Associate Director for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, an industry association of commercial spaceflight companies. At CSF, Sirisha worked on various policies with the aim to promote and enable the then emerging commercial space industry. Before CSF, she worked as an aerospace engineer designing components for advanced aircraft at L-3 Communications in Greenville, Texas.

Sirisha has a Bachelors of Science degree in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from
Purdue and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the George Washington
University. Sirisha serves on the Board of American Society for Gravitational and Space
Research, American Astronautical Society, and the Future Space Leaders Foundation.
Sirisha also helps to organize the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program, an internship
and mentorship program that provides summer opportunities to current college juniors, seniors, and graduate students passionate about commercial spaceflight.

Dan Piemont
Dan Piemont

Dan Piemont

Dan serves as the Chief Financial Officer of ABL Space Systems, which he co-founded in 2017 to develop low-cost space launch systems. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Piemont directs ABL’s corporate strategy, business development, government relations, mission management, and business operations. Mr. Piemont previously held several positions in the venture capital and investment banking industries.

Dan Piemont

ABL Space Systems
Dan Piemont

Dan Piemont

Dan serves as the Chief Financial Officer of ABL Space Systems, which he co-founded in 2017 to develop low-cost space launch systems. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Piemont directs ABL’s corporate strategy, business development, government relations, mission management, and business operations. Mr. Piemont previously held several positions in the venture capital and investment banking industries.

Martin Attiq
Martin Attiq

Martin Attiq

Martin leads Astra’s sales, partnerships, customer success, real estate services, spaceport services, communications, and corporate development. He previously ten years at BlackRock where he co-founded the Financial Markets Advisory group and led many of the group’s landmark assignments. Martin holds a B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow.

Martin Attiq

Astra
Martin Attiq

Martin Attiq

Martin leads Astra’s sales, partnerships, customer success, real estate services, spaceport services, communications, and corporate development. He previously ten years at BlackRock where he co-founded the Financial Markets Advisory group and led many of the group’s landmark assignments. Martin holds a B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow.

Jim Bell
Jim Bell

Jim Bell

Jim Bell is a professor in the School of Earth & Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is an active astronomer and planetary scientist who has been involved in a number of robotic solar system exploration missions and investigations using the Hubble Space Telescope, Mars rovers, the Voyager missions, and orbiters sent to Mars, the Moon, and several asteroids. His research focuses on the use of remote sensing imaging and spectroscopy to assess the geology, composition, and mineralogy of the surfaces of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. Jim is the President of the Board of Directors of The Planetary Society, and is also an author of popular science books related to space exploration, including  Postcards from MarsThe Space Book, The Interstellar Age, and The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide.

 

Bell has a dual B.S. from Caltech in Aeronautics and Geological & Planetary Sciences, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii in Geology & Geophysics. When not studying the solar system through the eyes of robotic avatars, he is an avid baseball fan and player, and an occasional Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddler.

Jim Bell

Arizona State University
Jim Bell

Jim Bell

Jim Bell is a professor in the School of Earth & Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is an active astronomer and planetary scientist who has been involved in a number of robotic solar system exploration missions and investigations using the Hubble Space Telescope, Mars rovers, the Voyager missions, and orbiters sent to Mars, the Moon, and several asteroids. His research focuses on the use of remote sensing imaging and spectroscopy to assess the geology, composition, and mineralogy of the surfaces of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. Jim is the President of the Board of Directors of The Planetary Society, and is also an author of popular science books related to space exploration, including  Postcards from MarsThe Space Book, The Interstellar Age, and The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide.

 

Bell has a dual B.S. from Caltech in Aeronautics and Geological & Planetary Sciences, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii in Geology & Geophysics. When not studying the solar system through the eyes of robotic avatars, he is an avid baseball fan and player, and an occasional Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddler.

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar
Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar

A national influence in space policy and programs for more than two decades, Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar directs Axiom’s work with local, state, and federal government authorities as their Executive Vice President for Government Affairs. As Axiom is a key partner in NASA’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Commercialization strategy, enabling not only economic development of LEO but also the exploration of deep space, she liaises directly as a thought leader with the U.S. government’s executive and legislative branches.

Dr. Dittmar founded and was most recently President & CEO of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, an industry trade group of more than 60 companies supporting NASA’s programs in human exploration and science and promoting space commerce and the development of space technology. Her previous experience includes roles as Senior Policy Advisor for the ISS National Laboratory, Member of the Board of Directors at the American Astronautical Society, and managing the Flight Operations Group and serving as the Chief Scientist for Commercial Payloads on the ISS Program at Boeing.

The most consequential committees in the space industry count Dr. Dittmar as a member: the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group, the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), and the Executive Committee for the Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Science (6-year term ends May, 2021). A holder of B.A. and M.A. degrees in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Human Factors from the University of Cincinnati, she is also Fellow of the National Research Society and an Associate Fellow of AIAA and previously served on the National Research Council’s Committee on Human Spaceflight.

 

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar

Axiom Space
Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar

A national influence in space policy and programs for more than two decades, Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar directs Axiom’s work with local, state, and federal government authorities as their Executive Vice President for Government Affairs. As Axiom is a key partner in NASA’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Commercialization strategy, enabling not only economic development of LEO but also the exploration of deep space, she liaises directly as a thought leader with the U.S. government’s executive and legislative branches.

Dr. Dittmar founded and was most recently President & CEO of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, an industry trade group of more than 60 companies supporting NASA’s programs in human exploration and science and promoting space commerce and the development of space technology. Her previous experience includes roles as Senior Policy Advisor for the ISS National Laboratory, Member of the Board of Directors at the American Astronautical Society, and managing the Flight Operations Group and serving as the Chief Scientist for Commercial Payloads on the ISS Program at Boeing.

The most consequential committees in the space industry count Dr. Dittmar as a member: the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group, the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), and the Executive Committee for the Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Science (6-year term ends May, 2021). A holder of B.A. and M.A. degrees in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Human Factors from the University of Cincinnati, she is also Fellow of the National Research Society and an Associate Fellow of AIAA and previously served on the National Research Council’s Committee on Human Spaceflight.

 

Lieutenant General David Buck
Lieutenant General David Buck

Lieutenant General David Buck

Lieutenant General David Buck served in the U.S. Air Force for 41 years with a career dedicated to space, nuclear, and cyberspace operations. He directed USSTRATCOM space forces in support of national security and combatant commander objectives. Leading over 19,500 men and women, Dave was responsible for protecting and defending critical U.S. and allied space capabilities.

In 2018, he retired as Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC-S) and Commander, 14th Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base. General Buck is a highly recognized expert in space operations, twice testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives Arms Services Committee regarding the necessity of maintaining freedom of action in space to protect and defend the U.S. and its allies. He is an advocate for disruptive technologies and managed multi-billion dollar portfolios of space, cyberspace, command and control, and terrestrial technologies including 27 different weapon systems. He also conceived, developed and delivered the new National Space Defense Center on time and under budget – a facility that enabled the first fusion of intelligence operators with space operators in a common operations center.

Today, Dave is President of BRPH Mission Solutions where he helps unlock potential and spur client growth endeavors spanning national security and defense of space, nuclear, and cyberspace arenas. He is committed to helping clients succeed in mission-critical programs through tailored consulting services including strategy development, facilities engineering, agency navigation, proprietary methodologies development, program management, and procurement services.

Lieutenant General David Buck

BRPH
Lieutenant General David Buck

Lieutenant General David Buck

Lieutenant General David Buck served in the U.S. Air Force for 41 years with a career dedicated to space, nuclear, and cyberspace operations. He directed USSTRATCOM space forces in support of national security and combatant commander objectives. Leading over 19,500 men and women, Dave was responsible for protecting and defending critical U.S. and allied space capabilities.

In 2018, he retired as Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC-S) and Commander, 14th Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base. General Buck is a highly recognized expert in space operations, twice testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives Arms Services Committee regarding the necessity of maintaining freedom of action in space to protect and defend the U.S. and its allies. He is an advocate for disruptive technologies and managed multi-billion dollar portfolios of space, cyberspace, command and control, and terrestrial technologies including 27 different weapon systems. He also conceived, developed and delivered the new National Space Defense Center on time and under budget – a facility that enabled the first fusion of intelligence operators with space operators in a common operations center.

Today, Dave is President of BRPH Mission Solutions where he helps unlock potential and spur client growth endeavors spanning national security and defense of space, nuclear, and cyberspace arenas. He is committed to helping clients succeed in mission-critical programs through tailored consulting services including strategy development, facilities engineering, agency navigation, proprietary methodologies development, program management, and procurement services.

Matt Bocchino
Matt Bocchino

Matt Bocchino

Matt Bocchino is the Managing Director of Cecil Spaceport. Matt’s 15-year aviation and aerospace career spans the spectrum of airport management, from small general aviation to commercial service airports. Prior to his promotion to the Managing Director of Cecil Spaceport, Matt’s most recent position was in the Jacksonville Aviation Authority’s Business Development Department, where he negotiated leases and operating permits with potential spaceport launch operators.

Matt previously worked at Cecil Air and Spaceport as a Marketing & Development Specialist. He helped create Cecil Spaceport’s Strategic Business Plan as well as Cecil Air and Spaceport’s Marketing Plan. Matt also held positions at Herlong Recreational Airport, Jacksonville International Airport, and Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport.

In 2020, Matt was recognized by Airport Business as one of its “Top 40 Under 40.” He is an Accredited Airport Executive with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and a certificated private pilot. Matt earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Jacksonville University. His proudest accomplishment was marrying his wife, Sarah and raising their three children Emma, Charlie and Amelia.

Matt Bocchino

Cecil Air and Spaceport
Matt Bocchino

Matt Bocchino

Matt Bocchino is the Managing Director of Cecil Spaceport. Matt’s 15-year aviation and aerospace career spans the spectrum of airport management, from small general aviation to commercial service airports. Prior to his promotion to the Managing Director of Cecil Spaceport, Matt’s most recent position was in the Jacksonville Aviation Authority’s Business Development Department, where he negotiated leases and operating permits with potential spaceport launch operators.

Matt previously worked at Cecil Air and Spaceport as a Marketing & Development Specialist. He helped create Cecil Spaceport’s Strategic Business Plan as well as Cecil Air and Spaceport’s Marketing Plan. Matt also held positions at Herlong Recreational Airport, Jacksonville International Airport, and Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport.

In 2020, Matt was recognized by Airport Business as one of its “Top 40 Under 40.” He is an Accredited Airport Executive with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and a certificated private pilot. Matt earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Jacksonville University. His proudest accomplishment was marrying his wife, Sarah and raising their three children Emma, Charlie and Amelia.

Laurie Provin
Laurie Provin

Laurie Provin

Laurie Provin is the Partnership Services Manager at the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), manager of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory (ISS NL). In her current position, she is responsible for working with the lab’s Implementation Partners and Commercial Service Providers to enable a broad range of scientific research and technology demonstrations using the unique microgravity environment of the ISS National Laboratory.

Prior to joining CASIS, Laurie worked at Teledyne Brown Engineering as the Manager for Commercial Imaging Partnerships. She was responsible for developing the company’s first commercial imaging partnership program, establishing relationships with NASA, NOAA, and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to develop the Earth observation capabilities of Teledyne’s MUSES platform aboard the ISS.

As the Manager for Partner Programs at UAHuntsville’s Center for System Studies, Laurie was responsible for the Center’s communication and partnership development efforts with industry and academia. Before that, she worked as the Strategic Communications Team Lead for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center where she led a team of communication professionals responsible for the Center’s executive and strategic communications. While at NASA, Laurie was a recipient of the NASA Silver Snoopy Award, an award given for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success.

From 2000-2007, Laurie served as the Deputy Director of Sci-Quest, the North Alabama Science Center, Inc. She founded the Center’s educational program model, tripled program revenue, and successfully authored grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Laurie taught 6th grade students for 12 years and remains a teacher at heart.

Laurie Provin

ISS National Labs
Laurie Provin

Laurie Provin

Laurie Provin is the Partnership Services Manager at the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), manager of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory (ISS NL). In her current position, she is responsible for working with the lab’s Implementation Partners and Commercial Service Providers to enable a broad range of scientific research and technology demonstrations using the unique microgravity environment of the ISS National Laboratory.

Prior to joining CASIS, Laurie worked at Teledyne Brown Engineering as the Manager for Commercial Imaging Partnerships. She was responsible for developing the company’s first commercial imaging partnership program, establishing relationships with NASA, NOAA, and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to develop the Earth observation capabilities of Teledyne’s MUSES platform aboard the ISS.

As the Manager for Partner Programs at UAHuntsville’s Center for System Studies, Laurie was responsible for the Center’s communication and partnership development efforts with industry and academia. Before that, she worked as the Strategic Communications Team Lead for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center where she led a team of communication professionals responsible for the Center’s executive and strategic communications. While at NASA, Laurie was a recipient of the NASA Silver Snoopy Award, an award given for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success.

From 2000-2007, Laurie served as the Deputy Director of Sci-Quest, the North Alabama Science Center, Inc. She founded the Center’s educational program model, tripled program revenue, and successfully authored grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Laurie taught 6th grade students for 12 years and remains a teacher at heart.

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.

Sara Harris
Sara Harris

Sara Harris

Sara Harris

Midland International Air and Space Port
Sara Harris

Sara Harris

Todd Lindner
Todd Lindner

Todd Lindner

Todd Lindner serves as CEO of Mojave Air & Space Port.

Prior to Mojave, served 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

Mojave Air & Space Port
Todd Lindner

Todd Lindner

Todd Lindner serves as CEO of Mojave Air & Space Port.

Prior to Mojave, served 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.

Shawn Linam
Shawn Linam

Shawn Linam

Shawn Linam is the CEO and co-founder of Qwaltec, a Tempe, Arizona woman-owned small business that provides mission control expertise for space systems operations. She has extensive experience in mission readiness and training for numerous government and commercial space programs. She began her career in mission operations at NASA where she worked as an astronaut and flight controller instructor for the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. She has a Biomedical Engineering degree from Mississippi State University and claims she “stumbled into space” where she found her passion.

Shawn is active in promoting STEM for girls and is a former Girl Scout leader and STEM director for the Girls Rule Foundation.

Shawn Linam

Qwaltec
Shawn Linam

Shawn Linam

Shawn Linam is the CEO and co-founder of Qwaltec, a Tempe, Arizona woman-owned small business that provides mission control expertise for space systems operations. She has extensive experience in mission readiness and training for numerous government and commercial space programs. She began her career in mission operations at NASA where she worked as an astronaut and flight controller instructor for the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. She has a Biomedical Engineering degree from Mississippi State University and claims she “stumbled into space” where she found her passion.

Shawn is active in promoting STEM for girls and is a former Girl Scout leader and STEM director for the Girls Rule Foundation.

Scott McLaughlin
Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin is an experienced engineer with a diverse background in design and business. He has worked in both the private sector and government and has traveled throughout the world installing, maintaining, and marketing customized wind profiling radar systems. These specialized systems support weather forecasting at airports, weather service networks, rocket launch, atmospheric research, pollution studies, hurricane and tornado research, and shipboard wind measurements. His clients included US research and defense agencies such as NASA, NOAA, DOE, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and major universities, as well as customers in Spain, Taiwan, India, UAE, Thailand, Kuwait, Mexico, and Colombia.

Having worked on both sides of the negotiating table, Mr. McLaughlin understands the difficulties and advantages present in both business and government. As a technical innovator, founder, and executive of a new business unit, he understands the trials and tribulations of small entrepreneurial companies looking for funding while working to “cross the chasm” to make their mark on the world. In working with government at White Sand Missile Range in southern New Mexico, NASA at Johnson Space Center, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado, Mr. McLaughlin embraced the challenge of how best to honor tax-payer funded activities.

Mr. McLaughlin was born and raised in New Mexico. After graduating from New Mexico State University, he moved to Colorado where he established a radar profiling business. He subsequently returned to New Mexico after a more than 20-year absence to continue working and living in the vast and beautiful Chihuahuan Desert. With a life-long love of space and aviation, Scott found his dream job as Director of Business Development at Spaceport America.

Scott McLaughlin

Spaceport America
Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin is an experienced engineer with a diverse background in design and business. He has worked in both the private sector and government and has traveled throughout the world installing, maintaining, and marketing customized wind profiling radar systems. These specialized systems support weather forecasting at airports, weather service networks, rocket launch, atmospheric research, pollution studies, hurricane and tornado research, and shipboard wind measurements. His clients included US research and defense agencies such as NASA, NOAA, DOE, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and major universities, as well as customers in Spain, Taiwan, India, UAE, Thailand, Kuwait, Mexico, and Colombia.

Having worked on both sides of the negotiating table, Mr. McLaughlin understands the difficulties and advantages present in both business and government. As a technical innovator, founder, and executive of a new business unit, he understands the trials and tribulations of small entrepreneurial companies looking for funding while working to “cross the chasm” to make their mark on the world. In working with government at White Sand Missile Range in southern New Mexico, NASA at Johnson Space Center, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado, Mr. McLaughlin embraced the challenge of how best to honor tax-payer funded activities.

Mr. McLaughlin was born and raised in New Mexico. After graduating from New Mexico State University, he moved to Colorado where he established a radar profiling business. He subsequently returned to New Mexico after a more than 20-year absence to continue working and living in the vast and beautiful Chihuahuan Desert. With a life-long love of space and aviation, Scott found his dream job as Director of Business Development at Spaceport America.

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.

Alan Stern
Alan Stern

Alan Stern

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

Southwest Research Institute
Alan Stern

Alan Stern

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.

Ted Mercer
Ted Mercer

Ted Mercer

Roosevelt “Ted” Mercer, Jr., Major General, USAF (Ret.), is CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority.

Prior to joining Virginia Space, Mr. Mercer was the director of the NextGen Office of Collaboration and Messaging at the Federal Aviation Administration. He provided high-level leadership by managing and building relationships with NextGen stakeholders, including the aviation community and federal agencies. Mr. Mercer oversaw communication and outreach activities, including NextGen performance reporting. His organization supported the governance of the NextGen Executive Board, the NextGen Management Board, the NextGen Executive Weather Panel, and the NextGen Advisory Committee, managed interagency NextGen issues and coordinated the Office of NextGen’s international program to support global NextGen harmonization.

Prior to joining the FAA in April 2016, Mr. Mercer served as the Vice President and Director for Government Commercial & International Initiatives Geospatial Systems, a division of ITT Exelis, where he was responsible for government and industry partnerships as well as worldwide international initiatives.
Mr. Mercer served in the United States Air Force (USAF) for more than 32 years (retired January 1, 2008), most recently as Director of Plans and Policy for U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base (AFB) Nebraska. He was responsible for the development and implementation of national security policy, military strategy, space and weapons employment concepts and policy, and joint doctrine as it applied to the command and execution of its missions. Mr. Mercer was also responsible for the development of the nation’s strategic war plan, strategic support plans for theater combatant commanders, and contingency planning for the Global Strike mission.

Mr. Mercer has held Air Force command seven times from the squadron to the wing level. His many USAF assignments include Commander, 45th Logistics Group, Patrick AFB, FL; Commander 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, CA; Commander, 81st Training Wing, Biloxi, MS; Commander 91 Operations Group, Minot, N.D.; Vice Director of Plans, U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado; Deputy Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO; and Commandant, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk, VA.

Ted Mercer

Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority
Ted Mercer

Ted Mercer

Roosevelt “Ted” Mercer, Jr., Major General, USAF (Ret.), is CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority.

Prior to joining Virginia Space, Mr. Mercer was the director of the NextGen Office of Collaboration and Messaging at the Federal Aviation Administration. He provided high-level leadership by managing and building relationships with NextGen stakeholders, including the aviation community and federal agencies. Mr. Mercer oversaw communication and outreach activities, including NextGen performance reporting. His organization supported the governance of the NextGen Executive Board, the NextGen Management Board, the NextGen Executive Weather Panel, and the NextGen Advisory Committee, managed interagency NextGen issues and coordinated the Office of NextGen’s international program to support global NextGen harmonization.

Prior to joining the FAA in April 2016, Mr. Mercer served as the Vice President and Director for Government Commercial & International Initiatives Geospatial Systems, a division of ITT Exelis, where he was responsible for government and industry partnerships as well as worldwide international initiatives.
Mr. Mercer served in the United States Air Force (USAF) for more than 32 years (retired January 1, 2008), most recently as Director of Plans and Policy for U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base (AFB) Nebraska. He was responsible for the development and implementation of national security policy, military strategy, space and weapons employment concepts and policy, and joint doctrine as it applied to the command and execution of its missions. Mr. Mercer was also responsible for the development of the nation’s strategic war plan, strategic support plans for theater combatant commanders, and contingency planning for the Global Strike mission.

Mr. Mercer has held Air Force command seven times from the squadron to the wing level. His many USAF assignments include Commander, 45th Logistics Group, Patrick AFB, FL; Commander 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, CA; Commander, 81st Training Wing, Biloxi, MS; Commander 91 Operations Group, Minot, N.D.; Vice Director of Plans, U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado; Deputy Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO; and Commandant, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk, VA.

Ryan Hartman
Ryan Hartman

Ryan Hartman

Ryan Hartman, Chief Executive Officer of World View

Prior to joining World View, Mr. Hartman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Insitu, a pioneer in the design, development and manufacturing of unmanned aircraft systems for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in military and commercial applications.  Mr. Hartman brings over 20 years of experience in unmanned flight systems and aerial remote sensing to World View.  In addition to his tenure at Insitu, Mr. Hartman previously led Raytheon’s Unmanned Systems Directorate of the Advance Programs Division.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Ryan Hartman

World View
Ryan Hartman

Ryan Hartman

Ryan Hartman, Chief Executive Officer of World View

Prior to joining World View, Mr. Hartman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Insitu, a pioneer in the design, development and manufacturing of unmanned aircraft systems for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in military and commercial applications.  Mr. Hartman brings over 20 years of experience in unmanned flight systems and aerial remote sensing to World View.  In addition to his tenure at Insitu, Mr. Hartman previously led Raytheon’s Unmanned Systems Directorate of the Advance Programs Division.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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 global business leader and philanthropist. He is an active pioneer in the space exploration industry as a CEO, investor, thought leader and futurist. Currently, Dylan serves as Chairman & CEO of Voyager Space Holdings, a multi-national space holding firm that acquires and integrates leading space exploration enterprises globally.

Dylan has been cited by Harvard University, SpaceNews, the BBC, Pitchbook, CNBC and others as having played a seminal role in the growth of the private space industry. As an early-stage investor in more than 50 emerging ventures, including Accion, Kepler, York, Vector Space, Astrobotic, Made in Space, Relativity, and Planet, Dylan is widely considered the most active private space investor in the world. 

Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure within his industry. 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. As a writer and columnist, he has written several widely read pieces on the future of the space industry for SpaceNews, ROOM and Apogeo Spatial. As a speaker, Dylan has keynoted many of the major space conferences around the world and has appeared regularly on Bloomberg, Fox Business, and CNBC.

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 historic item is now housed in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Dylan has also had an extensive philanthropic impact on the space industry. In 2017, Dylan founded the nonprofit, Space for Humanity, which seeks to democratize space exploration and develop solutions to global issues through the scope of human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems. Additionally, Dylan is the Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which seeks to promote the growth of commercial space activity. Additionally Dylan serves as a strategic advisor for both the Archmission and the Human Spaceflight Program. Dylan is also the founder of the popular space philosophy website 2211.world as well as the Ad Astra Dinners, a Jeffersonian styled dinner series featuring some of the world’s leading influencers discussing the future of humanity in space.

For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to creating a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with numerous 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. 

Dylan 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 in 2018 was named Alumnus of the year. In 2013, he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University.

In his spare time, Dylan enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons and spending time outdoors. He is married to author Gabrielle V. Taylor and has two teenage daughters.

Dylan Taylor

Founding Patron
Dylan Taylor

Dylan Taylor

Founding Patron

Dylan Taylor is a global business leader and philanthropist. He is an active pioneer in the space exploration industry as a CEO, investor, thought leader and futurist. Currently, Dylan serves as Chairman & CEO of Voyager Space Holdings, a multi-national space holding firm that acquires and integrates leading space exploration enterprises globally.

Dylan has been cited by Harvard University, SpaceNews, the BBC, Pitchbook, CNBC and others as having played a seminal role in the growth of the private space industry. As an early-stage investor in more than 50 emerging ventures, including Accion, Kepler, York, Vector Space, Astrobotic, Made in Space, Relativity, and Planet, Dylan is widely considered the most active private space investor in the world. 

Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure within his industry. 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. As a writer and columnist, he has written several widely read pieces on the future of the space industry for SpaceNews, ROOM and Apogeo Spatial. As a speaker, Dylan has keynoted many of the major space conferences around the world and has appeared regularly on Bloomberg, Fox Business, and CNBC.

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 historic item is now housed in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Dylan has also had an extensive philanthropic impact on the space industry. In 2017, Dylan founded the nonprofit, Space for Humanity, which seeks to democratize space exploration and develop solutions to global issues through the scope of human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems. Additionally, Dylan is the Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which seeks to promote the growth of commercial space activity. Additionally Dylan serves as a strategic advisor for both the Archmission and the Human Spaceflight Program. Dylan is also the founder of the popular space philosophy website 2211.world as well as the Ad Astra Dinners, a Jeffersonian styled dinner series featuring some of the world’s leading influencers discussing the future of humanity in space.

For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to creating a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with numerous 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. 

Dylan 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 in 2018 was named Alumnus of the year. In 2013, he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University.

In his spare time, Dylan enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons and spending time outdoors. He is married to author Gabrielle V. Taylor and has two teenage daughters.

Ryan Frederic
Ryan Frederic

Ryan Frederic

Ryan Frederic is an Entrepreneur and Senior Executive. Frederic was the CEO and Co-Founder of Applied Defense Solutions (ADS), which provides data analytics products and services throughout the satellite mission life cycle. ADS is a leader in aerospace engineering, software development, and space situational awareness. Frederic founded ADS in 2004 and recently sold the company to L3 Technologies. In addition to ADS, Frederic co-founded Water Management Solutions and Forever Fit Physical Therapy & Wellness. Frederic is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering.

Ryan Frederic

Ryan Frederic

Ryan Frederic

Ryan Frederic is an Entrepreneur and Senior Executive. Frederic was the CEO and Co-Founder of Applied Defense Solutions (ADS), which provides data analytics products and services throughout the satellite mission life cycle. ADS is a leader in aerospace engineering, software development, and space situational awareness. Frederic founded ADS in 2004 and recently sold the company to L3 Technologies. In addition to ADS, Frederic co-founded Water Management Solutions and Forever Fit Physical Therapy & Wellness. Frederic is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering.

Michael Lopez-Alegria
Michael Lopez-Alegria

Michael Lopez-Alegria

Michael López-Alegría has over 40 years of aviation and space experience with the U.S. Navy and NASA in a variety of roles including Naval Aviator, engineering test pilot and program manager, NASA astronaut, and International Space Station commander.

He is a four-time astronaut, having flown on Space Shuttle missions STS-73, STS-92, and STS- 113, and serving as Commander of ISS Expedition 14 (flying to and from the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-9). He holds NASA records for most Extravehicular Activities (EVA) or “space walks” (10) and cumulative EVA time (67 hours 40 minutes).

López-Alegría is the former President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, where he was a spokesman, thought leader and advocate with the U.S. Congress and pertinent Executive Agencies for favorable public policy on behalf of the commercial spaceflight industry. He serves on several advisory boards and committees of public and private organizations, including the Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the NASA Advisory Council and the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee to the FAA.

López-Alegría is the Chairman of ASTM International’s Committee on Commercial Spaceflight as well as the President of the Association of Space Explorers USA, a professional and educational organization of current and former astronauts. He is based in Washington, DC.

Michael Lopez-Alegria

Michael Lopez-Alegria

Michael Lopez-Alegria

Michael López-Alegría has over 40 years of aviation and space experience with the U.S. Navy and NASA in a variety of roles including Naval Aviator, engineering test pilot and program manager, NASA astronaut, and International Space Station commander.

He is a four-time astronaut, having flown on Space Shuttle missions STS-73, STS-92, and STS- 113, and serving as Commander of ISS Expedition 14 (flying to and from the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-9). He holds NASA records for most Extravehicular Activities (EVA) or “space walks” (10) and cumulative EVA time (67 hours 40 minutes).

López-Alegría is the former President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, where he was a spokesman, thought leader and advocate with the U.S. Congress and pertinent Executive Agencies for favorable public policy on behalf of the commercial spaceflight industry. He serves on several advisory boards and committees of public and private organizations, including the Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the NASA Advisory Council and the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee to the FAA.

López-Alegría is the Chairman of ASTM International’s Committee on Commercial Spaceflight as well as the President of the Association of Space Explorers USA, a professional and educational organization of current and former astronauts. He is based in Washington, DC.

Sudhir Pai
Sudhir Pai

Sudhir Pai

Sudhir Pai is Chairman, Board of Directors, Technology Collaboration Center, based in Houston, Texas. He recently completed an exciting career at Schlumberger, world’s largest energy and oilfield services company, as Managing Director, Robotics Services Business. He has strong interests in commercial aerospace, energy transition, health care, robotics, drones, Formula 1 and everything digital. He has held a variety of management, technology and business leadership positions within Schlumberger, including VP & GM of Completions business, GM of Schlumberger operations Mumbai India and more recently MD at Liquid Robotics Oil and Gas (LROG), a Schlumberger start-up JV. He has more than 30 years of worldwide experience including assignments in operations, corporate planning, supply chain, human resources, service quality, and health, safety & environment. He has worked in 9 countries including Middle East, India, UK and USA with focus on client relations, business & technology, service quality and personnel development. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from University of Bombay. He is an active member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Space Tourism Society (STS), National Diversity Council (NDC), Marine Technology Society (MTS) and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He serves on the executive advisory boards of SpaceCom, Subsea Systems Institute (UH, RICE, NASA consortium), Energy Drone & Robotics Summit and SPE ENGenious. At Spacecom2020 he moderated a panel on Space Tourism. In April 2016, he was recognized by the United States National Diversity Council with the 2016 Texas Multicultural Leadership Award. In 2014 under his leadership Schlumberger-LROG won the World Oil New Horizons Idea Award. He is attributed with several patents. He is deeply committed to World Alliance Solar Impulse Foundation and on the advancement committee at his daughter’s school, The Kinkaid.

Sudhir Pai

Sudhir Pai

Sudhir Pai

Sudhir Pai is Chairman, Board of Directors, Technology Collaboration Center, based in Houston, Texas. He recently completed an exciting career at Schlumberger, world’s largest energy and oilfield services company, as Managing Director, Robotics Services Business. He has strong interests in commercial aerospace, energy transition, health care, robotics, drones, Formula 1 and everything digital. He has held a variety of management, technology and business leadership positions within Schlumberger, including VP & GM of Completions business, GM of Schlumberger operations Mumbai India and more recently MD at Liquid Robotics Oil and Gas (LROG), a Schlumberger start-up JV. He has more than 30 years of worldwide experience including assignments in operations, corporate planning, supply chain, human resources, service quality, and health, safety & environment. He has worked in 9 countries including Middle East, India, UK and USA with focus on client relations, business & technology, service quality and personnel development. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from University of Bombay. He is an active member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Space Tourism Society (STS), National Diversity Council (NDC), Marine Technology Society (MTS) and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He serves on the executive advisory boards of SpaceCom, Subsea Systems Institute (UH, RICE, NASA consortium), Energy Drone & Robotics Summit and SPE ENGenious. At Spacecom2020 he moderated a panel on Space Tourism. In April 2016, he was recognized by the United States National Diversity Council with the 2016 Texas Multicultural Leadership Award. In 2014 under his leadership Schlumberger-LROG won the World Oil New Horizons Idea Award. He is attributed with several patents. He is deeply committed to World Alliance Solar Impulse Foundation and on the advancement committee at his daughter’s school, The Kinkaid.

Brad Perkins
Brad Perkins

Brad Perkins

Brad Perkins is a physician, scientist and entrepreneur.  He is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Sapiens Data Science, Inc., (sapiensDS.com and @sapiensDS) based in San Francisco, CA: “Sapiens turns science into action”.

Prior to co-founding Sapiens in 2018, Brad was the founding Chief Medical Officer (2014-17) for Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI) where he designed, built and operated the Health Nucleus, a leading precision medicine research platform with genomics pioneer JC Venter.

Brad served as EVP (2009-2013) for Strategy and Innovation and Chief Transformation Officer at Vanguard Health Systems, a multi-state integrated health system in the run-up to its IPO with 46,000 employees and revenue of $6B+ and subsequent sale to another publicly-traded healthcare company.

Brad started his career (1989) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he led and was involved in many high profile scientific successes and investigations in the US and globally; he led the 2001 US anthrax bioterrorism investigations following 9/11.  He served as the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer (2003-2009) at CDC.  Brad has an MD and MBA, and is Board-certified in Internal Medicine.

He is an active private investor in human health and commercial spaceflight. He is a member of the RAND Health Board of Advisors, Esther Dyson’s Wellville Advisory Board and Patron Member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.  He lives and works in San Diego and San Francisco.

Brad Perkins

Brad Perkins

Brad Perkins

Brad Perkins is a physician, scientist and entrepreneur.  He is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Sapiens Data Science, Inc., (sapiensDS.com and @sapiensDS) based in San Francisco, CA: “Sapiens turns science into action”.

Prior to co-founding Sapiens in 2018, Brad was the founding Chief Medical Officer (2014-17) for Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI) where he designed, built and operated the Health Nucleus, a leading precision medicine research platform with genomics pioneer JC Venter.

Brad served as EVP (2009-2013) for Strategy and Innovation and Chief Transformation Officer at Vanguard Health Systems, a multi-state integrated health system in the run-up to its IPO with 46,000 employees and revenue of $6B+ and subsequent sale to another publicly-traded healthcare company.

Brad started his career (1989) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he led and was involved in many high profile scientific successes and investigations in the US and globally; he led the 2001 US anthrax bioterrorism investigations following 9/11.  He served as the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer (2003-2009) at CDC.  Brad has an MD and MBA, and is Board-certified in Internal Medicine.

He is an active private investor in human health and commercial spaceflight. He is a member of the RAND Health Board of Advisors, Esther Dyson’s Wellville Advisory Board and Patron Member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.  He lives and works in San Diego and San Francisco.

Lisa Rich
Lisa Rich

Lisa Rich

Lisa Rich is a lifelong, serial entrepreneur, strategist and active venture capitalist. Lisa runs Hemisphere Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm she and her husband and partner Jeff Rich founded in 2014. Hemisphere is focused on frontier technologies – synthetic biology, robotics, drones and space; the firm has invested in 230+ early stage companies, including 17 in the Space sector.

Lisa works closely with early-stage companies to build their strategy, partnerships and funding rounds. Also, together with Jeff, Lisa operates Xplore, a privately-funded space exploration company focused on expanding knowlege of our solar system.

She holds a B.S. in English from Loyola University Chicago and M.S. Marketing Communication from the Stuart Graduate School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

She is a member and supporter of the Planetary Society, B612 and The Keck Foundation.

Lisa Rich

Lisa Rich

Lisa Rich

Lisa Rich is a lifelong, serial entrepreneur, strategist and active venture capitalist. Lisa runs Hemisphere Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm she and her husband and partner Jeff Rich founded in 2014. Hemisphere is focused on frontier technologies – synthetic biology, robotics, drones and space; the firm has invested in 230+ early stage companies, including 17 in the Space sector.

Lisa works closely with early-stage companies to build their strategy, partnerships and funding rounds. Also, together with Jeff, Lisa operates Xplore, a privately-funded space exploration company focused on expanding knowlege of our solar system.

She holds a B.S. in English from Loyola University Chicago and M.S. Marketing Communication from the Stuart Graduate School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

She is a member and supporter of the Planetary Society, B612 and The Keck Foundation.

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.

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.

Meet our Staff

Karina Drees
Karina Drees

Karina Drees

President

Karina Drees is President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, officially joining CSF on January 4, 2021.

As President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Drees develops the strategic vision for the organization to support the growing commercial space industry. She manages the priorities of its more than 85 member companies and pursues key national policy priorities to help spur innovation and advance the Nation’s space capabilities.  

Prior to CSF, Drees was CEO and General Manager of Mojave Air & Space Port (MASP), a general aviation airport and licensed spaceport in California. As CEO, Drees was responsible for leading the implementation of strategic initiatives for the benefit of the companies operating at MASP as well as the broader industry. She oversaw all operations at the spaceport and managed procedures, business operations and regional partnership development. 

Drees previously held senior positions in strategy, business development and operations for growing technology companies. She was most recently a member of the strategy and positioning team at SRA International. Before joining SRA, Drees held leadership positions at two investor-backed high-tech startup companies in the Washington, DC, area. 

Drees has a BS from Arizona State University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She also completed the International Space University’s (ISU) Summer Session Program in Beijing, China. She currently serves as vice chair for the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), an advisor to Voyager Space Holdings, and an advisor to the Lloyd Grief Center for Entrepreneurship at USC. Drees previously served as a board member for the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, a panelist for the National Academies of Science, a judge for the MIT Global Challenge and an SBIR proposal reviewer and panelist for the National Science Foundation. 

Karina Drees

President
Karina Drees

Karina Drees

President

Karina Drees is President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, officially joining CSF on January 4, 2021.

As President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Drees develops the strategic vision for the organization to support the growing commercial space industry. She manages the priorities of its more than 85 member companies and pursues key national policy priorities to help spur innovation and advance the Nation’s space capabilities.  

Prior to CSF, Drees was CEO and General Manager of Mojave Air & Space Port (MASP), a general aviation airport and licensed spaceport in California. As CEO, Drees was responsible for leading the implementation of strategic initiatives for the benefit of the companies operating at MASP as well as the broader industry. She oversaw all operations at the spaceport and managed procedures, business operations and regional partnership development. 

Drees previously held senior positions in strategy, business development and operations for growing technology companies. She was most recently a member of the strategy and positioning team at SRA International. Before joining SRA, Drees held leadership positions at two investor-backed high-tech startup companies in the Washington, DC, area. 

Drees has a BS from Arizona State University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She also completed the International Space University’s (ISU) Summer Session Program in Beijing, China. She currently serves as vice chair for the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), an advisor to Voyager Space Holdings, and an advisor to the Lloyd Grief Center for Entrepreneurship at USC. Drees previously served as a board member for the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, a panelist for the National Academies of Science, a judge for the MIT Global Challenge and an SBIR proposal reviewer and panelist for the National Science Foundation. 

Tommy Sanford
Tommy Sanford

Tommy Sanford

Executive Director
Tommy Sanford is the Executive Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. CSF is the leading national trade association for the commercial space industry, with more than 85 member companies and organizations across the United States. CSF is focused on laying the foundation for a sustainable space economy and democratizing access to space for scientists, students, civilians, and businesses.
At CSF, Sanford leads the policy development and lobbying efforts, where he is focused on promoting policies that enable fair and open competition, spur innovation, and expand public-private partnerships.
Sanford has led CSF’s efforts on the Commercial Space Launch Acts, NASA Authorization & Appropriations Acts, and funding FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation.
Sanford has led CSF’s efforts to expand the utilization of commercial reusable suborbital platforms for research, technology development, and human-tended research, expand commercialization of low-Earth orbit (LEO), and fully leverage public-private partnerships for NASA’S return to the Moon and Mars, and modernizing NASA’s planetary protection policies.
Sanford is a member of the Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing. In 2019, Sanford was also a member of the NASA Planetary Protection Independent Review Board (PPIRB). In 2019 and 2020, Sanford was a member of the NASA International Space Station Cooperative Agreement Independent Review Team (IRT).
Before working at CSF, Sanford served as Government Affairs Associate at the Space Foundation for five years. 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. CSF is the leading national trade association for the commercial space industry, with more than 85 member companies and organizations across the United States. CSF is focused on laying the foundation for a sustainable space economy and democratizing access to space for scientists, students, civilians, and businesses.
At CSF, Sanford leads the policy development and lobbying efforts, where he is focused on promoting policies that enable fair and open competition, spur innovation, and expand public-private partnerships.
Sanford has led CSF’s efforts on the Commercial Space Launch Acts, NASA Authorization & Appropriations Acts, and funding FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation.
Sanford has led CSF’s efforts to expand the utilization of commercial reusable suborbital platforms for research, technology development, and human-tended research, expand commercialization of low-Earth orbit (LEO), and fully leverage public-private partnerships for NASA’S return to the Moon and Mars, and modernizing NASA’s planetary protection policies.
Sanford is a member of the Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing. In 2019, Sanford was also a member of the NASA Planetary Protection Independent Review Board (PPIRB). In 2019 and 2020, Sanford was a member of the NASA International Space Station Cooperative Agreement Independent Review Team (IRT).
Before working at CSF, Sanford served as Government Affairs Associate at the Space Foundation for five years. 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.
Mercedes McPhee
Mercedes McPhee

Mercedes McPhee

Standards and Policy Manager

Mercedes McPhee

Standards and Policy Manager
Mercedes McPhee

Mercedes McPhee

Standards and Policy Manager
Katherine Nelson
Katherine Nelson

Katherine Nelson

Communications Manager

coming soon!

Katherine Nelson

Communications Manager
Katherine Nelson

Katherine Nelson

Communications Manager

coming soon!

Contact Us

Our offices are located at:

Commercial Spaceflight Federation

1444 Eye St. NW, Suite 410

Washington, DC 20005

mail@commercialspaceflight.org

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, event planning, and government affairs. Those with a background in engineering, science, space policy, and event planning or students currently pursuing these fields, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Research and create white papers/briefs about commercial space policy issues
  • Assist with the organization of CSF’s Annual Conference
  • 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 mercedes@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 2022 are now closed. Applications for Summer 2022 will open on February 14th.