Space Foundation Board of Directors


Executive Committee

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)

Col. Peter B. Trainer, USAF (Ret.)
Vice President and General Manager, Air Force Solutions, BAE Systems

The Honorable Thomas C. Feeney, III
Senior Partner of Counsel, Fowler, Feeney and Associates, P.A.

CAPT Frank L. Culbertson, Jr, USN (Ret.)
President, Higher Flight LLC


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

Alice Bunn, Ph.D. CEng FRAeS FIMechE
Chief Executive, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Lisa Callahan
Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space

Nicolas Chamussy
CEO, Nexter

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

Hoyt Davidson
Founder and Managing Partner, Near Earth LLC

Paul Engola
Executive Vice President, National Security Space, Leidos

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

Jeanne Meserve
Former Correspondent, CNN and ABC News

Thomas L. Wilson
Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop Grumman Space Systems

Edward J. "Ed" Zoiss
President, Space & Airborne Systems, L3 Harris Technologies

New Generation Space Leader
Lauren Smith
Program Manager, Satellite Servicing
Northrop Grumman Space Systems

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
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
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.
Fritz Merkle, Ph.D.
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
Eugene F. “Gene” Kranz
CAPT James A. Lovell, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Joanne M. Maguire
Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, USAF (Ret.)
VADM Richard H. Truly, USN (Ret.)
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
A. Thomas Young

Space Foundation Leadership

  • Thomas E. Zelibor, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.)

    Chief Executive Officer

    As CEO of Space Foundation, Tom Zelibor leads the world’s premier nonprofit advocate organization, founded in 1983, for the global space ecosystem…

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  • Shelli Brunswick

    Chief Operating Officer

    Shelli Brunswick, COO of Space Foundation, brings a broad perspective and deep vision of the global space ecosystem —

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  • Holly Roberts

    Chief Financial Officer

    As Space Foundation Chief Financial Officer, Holly Roberts is responsible for managing the accounting, legal matters, contracts,…

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  • Steve Eisenhart

    Senior Vice President – Strategic & International Affairs

    As Space Foundation Senior Vice President – Strategic & International Affairs, Steve…

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  • Elizabeth Y. Wagner

    Senior Vice President – Strategic Partnerships

    As Space Foundation Senior Vice President – Strategic Partnerships, Elizabeth Wagner is responsible for…

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  • Thomas Dorame

    Senior Vice President — Symposium 365 Division

    Thomas Dorame leads Symposium 365, the premier source for media and events in the global space ecosystem…

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  • Jane Rasplicka

    Vice President – Finance and Accounting

    As Space Foundation Vice President – Finance and Accounting, Jane Rasplicka is responsible for…

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  • Richard B. Cooper

    Vice President – Strategic Communications & Outreach

    As Space Foundation Vice President – Strategic Communications & Outreach, Rich Cooper is…

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  • Kelli Kedis Ogborn

    Kelli Kedis Ogborn

    Vice President – Space Commerce & Entrepreneurship

    As Space Foundation Vice President – Space Commerce & Entrepreneurship, Kelli Kedis Ogborn is responsible for…

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  • Dr. John West

    Dr. John West

    Vice President of Education

    As Vice President of Education, Dr. John West is responsible for the development and delivery of innovative educational programs that inspire and inform the new generation of space leaders. Dr. West also provides leadership over

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  • Rob Henderson

    Vice President – Operations

    As Space Foundation Vice President – Operations, Rob plays a pivotal role within the organization that ties multiple departments of Space Foundation together. He is responsible for overall logistical support to all headquarters

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