Lt. Col. Shelli Brunswick, USAF (Ret.)
As Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer for the Space Foundation, Brunswick serves as a corporate officer, and is responsible for Space Foundation operations, facilities, processes and personnel. Functions reporting to her include education, philanthropy, marketing and communication, operations, human resources and administration, customer service, information technology, facilities, maintenance, security and assurance. She has primary responsibility for: Space Foundation headquarters; the Space Foundation Discovery Center; Washington, D.C., Operations; operational management of the annual Space Symposium, Space Technology & Investment Forum and the Faga Forum on Space Intelligence.
Brunswick joined the Space Foundation in 2015 after a distinguished career as an acquisition and program management professional for the United States Air Force, and finished her career as a key leader within the Air Force Congressional Liaison office working both within the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. She was Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certified in Program Management Level III, Financial Manager Level II, and a certified Space Professional Level III by the United States Air Force Space Professional Functional Authority.
Brunswick is the 2016/2017 Chair of Women in Aerospace (WIA). She is dedicated to increasing the leadership capabilities and visibility in the aerospace community. Also, she serves on the board of directors for both the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council and for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Rocky Mountain Chapter, and she is a member of the Southern California Aerospace Council.
Brunswick graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Colorado with a bachelor's degree in business administration, and earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Project Management Professional through Project Management Institute, and was a Professor of Acquisition Management at Defense Acquisition University.