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)

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

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



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

Alice Bunn, Ph.D.
International Director, 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 Launch Division, Boeing Defense, Space & Launch (BDS)

Hoyt Davidson
Founder and 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 Space Systems

Jeanne Meserve
Former Correspondent, CNN and ABC News

New Generation Space Leader
Lauren Smith
Operations Manager, Ground Enterprise Systems 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
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.
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
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

Space Foundation Leadership

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

    Chief Executive Officer

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    Chief Operating Officer

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  • Holly Roberts

    Chief Financial Officer

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  • Steve Eisenhart

    Senior Vice President – Strategic & International Affairs

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  • Elizabeth Y. Wagner

    Senior Vice President – Strategic Partnerships

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  • Richard B. Cooper

    Vice President – Strategic Communications & Outreach

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  • Thomas Dorame

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

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  • Jane Rasplicka

    Vice President – Finance and Accounting

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  • Kevin Orangers

    Executive Director – Space Foundation Discovery Center

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