Leadership

Space Foundation Board of Directors

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Executive Committee

Chairwoman
Kathryn C. Thornton, Ph.D.
Former NASA astronaut

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

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

Treasurer
The Honorable Thomas C. Feeney, III
President and CEO, Associated Industries of Florida

Member-at-Large
Vacant

Directors

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

Nicolas Chamussy
Advisor, Airbus

James H. Chilton
Senior Vice President, Space and Missile Systems, Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS)

Hoyt Davidson
Managing Partner, Near Earth LLC

Paul Engola
Chief Human Resources Officer and Head of Business Partnerships, Leidos

William Gattle
President, Space Systems, L3Harris

Lt. Gen. Samuel A. Greaves, USAF (Ret.)
Former Director, Missile Defense Agency

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

Lon C. Levin
President and CEO of GEOshare

Jeanne Meserve
Former Correspondent, CNN and ABC News

New Generation Space Leader
Lauren Smith
Operations Manager, New Moon Enterprise Operating Unit, Northrop Grumman

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
Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.)
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
Michael C. Gass
Paul Graziani
CAPT Frederick H. Hauck, USN (Ret.)
James B. Hayes
W. Bruce Kopper
Alexis C. Livanos, Ph.D.
Joanne M. Maguire
Fritz Merkle, Ph.D.
The Honorable Bill Nelson
P.J. O’Rourke
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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