Space Foundation Board of Directors

Space Foundation Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.)
Former Commander, Air Force Space Command

Vice Chairman
Kathryn C. Thornton, Ph.D.
Former NASA astronaut

P.J. O'Rourke
Author and Political Satirist

Hoyt Davidson
Managing Partner, Near Earth LLC

Jeffrey D. Grant
Former Sector Vice President and General Manager, Space Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (Retired)


Christopher U. Browne
Deputy Director, National Air and Space Museum

Alice Bunn, Ph.D.
Director of Policy, UK Space Agency

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 CEO, Associated Industries of Florida

Michael C. Gass
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, United Launch Alliance (Retired)

William Gattle
President, Harris Corporation Space and Intelligence Systems

Blake E. Larson
Corporate Vice President and President Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

Lon C. Levin
President and CEO of GEOshare

Fritz Merkle, Ph.D.
Senior Representative of the Executive Board, OHB

Peter B. Trainer
Vice President and General Manager, Air Force Solutions, BAE Systems

New Generation Space Leader
Phil Larson
Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff, University of Colorado Boulder, College of Engineering & Applied Science

Chairman Emeritus

William B. Tutt

President Emeritus

Richard P. MacLeod

Directors Emeritus

William F. Ballhaus, Jr., Ph.D.
ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Martin C. Faga
John B. Higginbotham
The Honorable Kenneth B. Kramer
Lon C. Levin
Gen. Thomas S. Moorman, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
The Honorable Jaime Oaxaca
The Honorable Robert S. Walker

Space Foundation Founders

J. Braxton Carter
The Honorable William Hybl
The Honorable Kenneth B. Kramer

Life Directors

Richard F. Ambrose
Anita M. Antenucci
The Honorable Barbara M. Barrett
James M. Beggs
Guion S. Bluford, Jr., Ph.D.
Jaleh Daie, Ph.D.
John W. Elbon
Gary W. Ervin
Gen. Howell M. Estes, III, USAF (Ret.)
William MacDonald Evans
The Honorable Don Fuqua
The Honorable E. J. Garn
Paul Graziani
CAPT Frederick H. Hauck, USN (Ret.)
James B. Hayes
W. Bruce Kopper
Alexis C. Livanos, Ph.D.
Joanne M. Maguire
The Honorable Bill Nelson
Gen. John L. Piotrowski, USAF (Ret.)
The Honorable Charles Robb
Kay N. Sears
Ronald M. Sega, Ph.D.
Col. Brewster Shaw, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
David Weldon, M.D.
Heidi R. Wood

Honorary Members

The Honorable Edward C. Aldridge, Jr.
Buzz Aldrin, Ph.D.
Norman R. Augustine
Jean-Jacques Dordain
Dr. Charles Elachi
Christopher Columbus "Chris" Kraft, Jr.
CAPT James A. Lovell, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Dr. Hans Mark
The Honorable Peter B. Teets
VADM Richard H. Truly, USN (Ret.)
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
A. Thomas Young

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Chief Executive Officer

As Space Foundation CEO, Tom Zelibor leads one of world's premier nonprofit organizations solely dedicated to supporting space activities, space professionals and education initiatives that open space access and opportunity for all. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, Zelibor manages a… Read more

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating 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… Read more

Chief Financial Officer

Holly Roberts is the chief financial officer of the Space Foundation, responsible for managing the accounting, legal matters, contracts and business functions that support the Space Foundation. Since joining the Space Foundation in 1987, she has developed the financial structure to meet the… Read more

Senior Vice President - Strategic & International Affairs

As head of international affairs, Steve Eisenhart is principally responsible for the Space Foundation's global strategy and relationships with international space agencies and organizations, foreign embassies and U.S. organizations involved with global space programs. He is directly responsible… Read more

Senior Vice President - Strategic Partnerships

Elizabeth Wagner is responsible for managing the Space Foundation's strategic partnerships with the space industry, emerging space entities, media outlets, educational institutions and any other businesses or organizations with interest in advancing space policy and commerce. As such, she… Read more

Vice President – Education

Bryan DeBates administers the development and implementation of the Space Foundation's education programs that support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. This includes establishing project goals and developing education programs, including the popular Discover the… Read more

Vice President - Strategic Communications & Outreach

Rich Cooper joined the Space Foundation in September 2018 and is based at its Washington, D.C., office. He oversees all strategic communications for the Space Foundation and leads the team that is telling the story of the next human… Read more

Vice President - Strategic Operations, Washington, D.C.

Dorame joined the Space Foundation in September 2018 after serving more than 30 years in the U.S. Army. He is based at the Space Foundation’s Washington, D.C., office, currently located in Arlington, Va. 

Vice President – Finance and Accounting

Jane Rasplicka is responsible for managing a variety of financial aspects for the Space Foundation, including maintenance of financial records based on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, purchasing and inventory, payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable, banking, financial… Read more

Vice President - Operations

Kathy Vinson is responsible for direction and leadership of all operational areas for the Space Foundation, including customer relations, external events, information technology, web services, human resources, volunteer resources, facilities and infrastructure. She joined the Space Foundation in… Read more

Special Advisor

Special Advisor - International Affairs

William Van Rensalier Parker is the Principal of Global Engagement Solutions, LLC and the Director of International and Domestic Operations for Strategic Solutions Integrated,… Read more

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