Eric Stallmer – President
Eric Stallmer is the President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. CSF is the largest trade organization dedicated to promoting the development of commercial spaceflight, pursuing ever-higher levels of safety and sharing best practices and expertise throughout the industry. Under Stallmer’s leadership, CSF has worked tirelessly to craft the modern Commercial Space Launch Act, as well as to promote innovation as a national policy to spur the economy and create high technology jobs. In addition CSF works to develop industry standards and encourages further growth in the commercial spaceflight industry.
Stallmer constantly promotes the industry and CSF member companies through his outreach to high-ranking government officials and high-profile media outlets. His professional comments have been featured in The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NBC Today Show, ABC News, CBS News Radio, Fox News, The BBC, CNBC, SpaceNews and many more. Stallmer also promotes the mission of CSF through participation at multiple industry conferences throughout the year.
Stallmer has testified before both the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology as well as the Senate Commerce committee. He recently testified at a hearing titled, “The Commercial Space Launch Industry: Small Satellite Opportunities and Challenges.” There he encouraged Congress to support policies that will facilitate growth and innovation in the industry, and maintain the American space sector’s competitive leadership. He has served on numerous industry affiliated boards including the Future Space Leaders Foundation and is the former Chairman of the Washington Space Business Roundtable.
Before working at CSF, Stallmer served as the Vice President of Government Relations at Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI). Stallmer joined AGI in 2002. While there, Stallmer oversaw all Washington Operations and represented AGI’s commercial off-the-shelf products and technology to defense, intelligence, Congress and civil government sectors within the aerospace industry.
Stallmer came to AGI from The Space Transportation Association (STA), a non-profit, industry trade organization providing government representation to companies with a vested interest in the U.S space launch industry. Prior to that, Stallmer worked on Capitol Hill in the office of then Congressman Tom Coburn.
For more than two decades, Stallmer has served as an Officer in the United States Army and Army Reserves. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service while engaged in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is currently assigned to the Pentagon in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff Army for Logistics, G-4.
Stallmer earned a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History from Mount Saint Mary College. He and his wife Amy live in Arlington, Virginia with their three children, Charlie, Billy and Catherine.
Tommy Sanford – Executive Director
Tommy Sanford is the Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Sanford has extensive experience in the aerospace sector including his most recent position at the Space Foundation, where he spent five years as Government Affairs Associate. At the Space Foundation, Tommy was responsible for analyzing and implementing policy strategies in the aerospace, defense, and international arenas. Prior to his position at the Space Foundation, Sanford worked at the Department of Commerce’s Office of Space Commercialization and on Capitol Hill for the House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
Sanford received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Appalachian State University and his Master’s degree from George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute. Additionally, Tommy completed the Executive Space Course through the International Space University in Spring 2014.
Jane Kinney – Assistant Director
Jane Kinney is the Assistant Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Her main focuses for CSF include Export Control, Standards, the Suborbital Research Applications Group, and the Research & Education Affiliates Program.
She has previously worked as a flight controller in Mission Control for the International Space Station Program at NASA Johnson Space Center. At the time she was a contractor who was employed by United Space Alliance.
Previously, she worked as a Systems Engineer Co-op for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation in both the Boulder and Westminster, Colorado offices. During her time at BATC she worked on a range of programs including Kepler, the Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite (OMPS), and the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).
Kinney received a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University with a minor in English Literature. Her degree technical focuses were Propulsion and Dynamics & Controls.
She spent a semester as a student and researcher at the Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Island School in the Bahamas studying marine biology and environmental engineering with a focus on open ocean aquaculture.