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

Space Foundation Leadership

  • Thomas E. Zelibor

    Chief Executive Officer As Space Foundation CEO, Tom Zelibor leads one of world’s premier nonprofit organizations solely dedicated to supporting…

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  • Shelli Brunswick

    Chief Operating Officer As Chief Operating Officer for the Space Foundation, Brunswick serves as a corporate officer, and is responsible…

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  • Holly Roberts

    Chief Financial Officer Holly Roberts is the chief financial officer of the Space Foundation, responsible for managing the accounting, legal…

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  • Steve Eisenhart

    Senior Vice President – Strategic & International Affairs As head of international affairs, Steve Eisenhart is principally responsible for the…

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  • Elizabeth Y. Wagner

    Senior Vice President – Strategic Partnerships Elizabeth Wagner is responsible for managing the Space Foundation’s strategic partnerships with the space…

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  • Bryan J. DeBates

    Vice President – Education Bryan DeBates administers the development and implementation of the Space Foundation’s education programs that support science,…

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  • Richard B. Cooper

    Vice President – Strategic Communications & Outreach Rich Cooper joined the Space Foundation in September 2018 and is based at…

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  • Thomas Dorame

    Vice President – Strategic Operations, Washington, D.C. Dorame joined the Space Foundation in September 2018 after serving more than 30…

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  • Kathleen Vinson

    Vice President – Operations Kathy Vinson is responsible for direction and leadership of all operational areas for the Space Foundation,…

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  • Jane Rasplicka

    Vice President – Finance and Accounting Jane Rasplicka is responsible for managing a variety of financial aspects for the Space…

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