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Space Foundation Announces Changes to its Board of Directors

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 29, 2018) – The Board of Directors of the Space Foundation met on Oct. 25 and approved the following changes to its Board, effective Oct. 25.

Jeffrey D. Grant, Former Sector Vice President and General Manager, Space Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (Ret.), was elected to the Executive Committee as Member-at-Large. Lon C. Levin, former Member-at-Large will now serve as Director.

Continuing on the Executive Committee are:

  • Chairman – Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.), former Commander, Air Force Space Command
  • Vice Chairman – Kathryn C. Thornton, Ph.D., Professor, University of Virginia and former NASA astronaut
  • Secretary – P.J. O’Rourke, author and political satirist
  • Treasurer – Hoyt Davidson, Managing Partner, Near Earth LLC

Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Thomas E. Zelibor also serves on the Executive Committee.

Directors elected to a second three-year term:

  • Alice Bunn, Ph.D., Director of Policy, UK Space Agency
  • Jeffrey D. Grant, former Sector Vice President and General Manager, Space Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (Ret.)
  • Blake E. Larson, Corporate Vice President and President Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

Continuing their service on the Board:

  • Christopher U. Browne, Deputy Director, National Air and Space Museum
  • Lisa Callahan, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
  • James H. Chilton, Senior Vice President, Space and Missile Systems, Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS)
  • The Honorable Thomas C. Feeney, III, President and Chief Executive Officer, Associated Industries of Florida
  • Michael C. Gass, former President and Chief Executive Officer, United Launch Alliance (Ret.)
  • William Gattle, President, Harris Corporation Space and Intelligence Systems
  • Phil Larson, Space Foundation New Generation Space Leader; Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff, University of Colorado Boulder, College of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Fritz Merkle, Ph.D., Senior Representative of the Executive Board, OHB
  • Peter B. Trainer, Vice President and General Manager, Air Force Solutions, BAE Systems

Ronald M. Sega, Ph.D., Director, Systems Engineering Programs, Colorado State University and former NASA astronaut, completed his Board service and was elected to Life Director.

Completing his first term and discontinuing service on the Board was Richard R. Yuse, Vice President, Raytheon Company, President, Space and Airborne Systems.

See complete Space Foundation Board of Directors and leadership information at

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®, and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites – and – and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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