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Founding Team

Lamont Colucci, PhD

Managing Partner/Co-Founder

Bio

 Dr. Colucci is Full Professor of Politics and Government at Ripon College and a Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs for the American Foreign Policy Council. He has addressed various audiences about space strategic issues and Great power conflict in space as well as the role of the Space Force and the future of the space economy. Dr. Colucci’s concentration has been on the threats posed by great powers from a strategic perspective and he has provided strategic thinking to private corporations. He was a diplomat with the U.S. Dept. of State and has published three books.

Areas of Expertise
  • Space Economics
  • Space Geopolitics – Domestic
  • Space Geopolitics – Foreign
  • Space Strategy

Rick Tumlinson

Partner/Co-Founder

Bio

A “godfather” of the space revolution, Rick Tumlinson has spent 30+ years defining, enabling and founding many of the pillars of the frontier movement, from the private takeover of Russia’s Mir space station, to the X-Prize, and the first private ticket to ISS. Six-time congressional witness, his prolific writings set the philosophies and legislative pillars of NewSpace itself.

Areas of Expertise
  • Geology & Mining
  • Space Architecture
  • Space Exploration
  • Space Finance
  • Space Geopolitics – Domestic
  • Space Settlement

Meagan Crawford, MBA

Partner/Co-Founder

Bio

As an entrepreneur, business educator, space industry pioneer, experienced executive, and investor, Meagan Crawford co-founded the world’s longest running space business plan competition, and has taught, coached, and advised hundreds of space startups through their earliest stages – including some of the current generation of successful companies.

Areas of Expertise
  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Space Economics
  • Space Finance
  • Space Supply Chain Development

Andrew Granatstein

Partner/Co-Founder

Bio

Mr. Granatstein is a space investor and startup mentor, and an analyst of space data, markets, and technologies. He has wide experience consulting on environmental- and space-focused technical and financial projects. His background is in aerospace engineering, entrepreneurship, data analytics, and venture capital. 

Areas of Expertise
  • Environment & Climate
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Space Finance
  • Space Supply Chain Development

Consulting Team

Amb. R. James Woolsey

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • Energy
  • Environment & Climate
  • Space Geopolitics – Domestic
  • Space Geopolitics – Foreign
  • Space Intelligence
  • Space Strategy
Bio

Amb Woolsey previously served in the US Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently (1993-95) as Director of Central Intelligence. From July 2002 to March 2008 Amb Woolsey was a Vice President and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, and then a Venture Partner with Vantage Point Venture Partners of San Bruno, California until January 2011. He was also previously a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC, now Goodwin Procter, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Amb R. James Woolsey is currently a Venture Partner with Lux Capital Management. He has served in the past as a member of boards of directors of a number of publicly and privately held companies, generally in fields related to technology and security, including Martin Marietta; British Aerospace, Inc; Fairchild Industries; and Yurie Systems, Inc. In 2009, he was the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and in 2010-2011 he was a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

Amb. Henry Cooper, PhD

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate Management
  • DOD / Commercial Interactions
  • Space Architecture
  • Space Geopolitics – Domestic
  • Space Strategy
Bio

Ambassador Henry F. (Hank) Cooper, Chairman of High Frontier and an acknowledged expert on strategic and space national security issues, was President Ronald Reagan’s Chief Negotiator at the Geneva Defense and Space Talks with the Soviet Union and Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) Director during the George H.W. Bush administration. Previously, he served as the Assistant Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Deputy Assistant USAF Secretary, Science Adviser to the Air Force Weapons Laboratory and a USAF Reserve Captain. In the private sector he was Chairman of Applied Research Associates, a high technology company; member of the technical staff of Jaycor, R&D Associates and Bell Telephone Laboratories; a Senior Associate of the National Institute for Public Policy; and Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Clemson and a PhD from New York University, all in Mechanical Engineering.

Joshua Carlson

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • Space Geopolitics – Domestic
  • Space Geopolitics – Foreign
  • Space Strategy
Bio

Mr. Carlson is author of ‘Spacepower Ascendant’, an ambitious spacepower theory book that re-visions space in the context of the current U.S./Chinese competition. He is on the editorial board for the Space Force Journal, has appeared on multiple shows discussing spacepower and is a regular contributor to several magazines and space symposiums.

Namrata Goswami, PhD

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • Space Economics
  • Space Exploration
  • Space Geopolitics – Domestic
  • Space Geopolitics – Foreign
  • Space Strategy
Bio

Dr. Goswami is an independent scholar on space policy, great power politics, and ethnic conflicts. She was subject matter expert in international affairs with the Futures Laboratory, Alabama, and guest lecturer, India Today Class, Emory University, Atlanta. After earning her Ph.D. in international relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, she worked as Research Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. She has been visiting Fellow at Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway; La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia; University of Heidelberg, Germany. In 2012-2013, she was a Jennings-Randolph Senior Fellow at United States Institute of Peace, Washington D.C. and was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Fellowship. In 2016-2017, she was awarded a MINERVA research grant by Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense to study great power competition in outer space. In April 2019, Dr. Goswami testified before the U.S-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China’s space program. Her co-authored book on Scramble for the Skies: The Great Power Competition to Control the Resources of Outer Space was published October 2020 by Lexington Press, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield. She is a TEDx speaker. Currently, she is working on an academic book project on space power.

Floyd Kerr

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • Business Strategy
  • DOD / Commercial Interactions
  • Space Architecture
  • Space Intelligence
  • Space Strategy
  • Spacecraft Design & Engineering
Bio

Mr. Kerr is a high-speed technical operator and strategic design expert with extensive experience in advanced air and space weapon systems and programs. He retired from the US Air Force after serving over 20 years as an airborne battle manager and space weapons officer. Since his retirement he supported advanced space training programs for Air Combat Command and the United States Space Force as part of hand selected teams in the National Space Defense Center and for the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency. Floyd has a keen ability to quickly understand, simplify and communicate complex problems to DoD and IC clients responsible for managing the shared resources of critical US technology and defense infrastructure systems. He maintains a working experience of air and space weapon system capabilities, limitations, and employment concepts and is based in Colorado Springs, CO. Mr. Kerr graduated with honors from Oklahoma City University in 2005 earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Strategy, he then received his commission from Officer Training School and went on to earn his master’s degree in Organizational Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 2011. Floyd “Shock” Kerr is also a Graduate of the United States Air Force Weapons School.

Joseph Kopser

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate Management
  • DOD / Commercial Interactions
  • Energy
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Space Supply Chain Development
Bio

Joseph Kopser is a technology entrepreneur and expert in transportation, smart cities, defense innovation, energy, national security issues as well as an Army combat veteran. Professionally, he serves as a Special Advisor for Military Leadership and Strategy Policy at the University of Texas, is a sought after public speaker, and is President of Grayline where he works with people and companies to bring together experts, data, and solutions to help companies and public institutions manage disruptive change. Prior to co-founding Grayline, Joseph co-founded and served as CEO of RideScout, before it was acquired by Mercedes-Benz in 2014. Joseph served in the U.S. Army for 20 years earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab and Bronze Star. He is a graduate of West Point with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and also received a Masters from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002. In 2013, he was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for his efforts in Energy and Transportation. In 2014, his company, RideScout, won the U.S. Department of Transportation Data Innovation Award. In 2017, he co-authored the book, Catalyst, which serves as the foundation of his consulting efforts.

Steven Kwast

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity
  • DOD / Commercial Interactions
  • Space Geopolitics
  • Space Intelligence
  • Space Strategy
Bio

Steve Kwast is the President and Chief Global Officer for Genesis Systems, a company dedicated to solving the global water scarcity problem on earth, and supplying the water management systems for long term space travel. He is a retired Air Force Lieutenant General who has spent his lifetime mastering the art of peaceful International affairs and national security strategies.  He was raised in a remote African tribe and is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in Astronautical Engineering.  He has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and was the University President for the Air Force’s University (Air University) in Montgomery Alabama. He is a decorated Fighter Pilot that has commanded forces in the military at every level. He has extensive combat experience in every major operation since 1986. He is married to the former Joni McDonough and they have two children.

James Logan, MD

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • Space Architecture
  • Space Life Sustainability
  • Space Medicine
  • Space Settlement
Bio

20 years as NASA Chief of Flight Medicine and Medical Operations. Mission Control Surgeon, Deputy Crew Surgeon or Crew Surgeon for 25 space shuttle missions. Founding Board American Telemedicine Association, Co-Founder of the Space Enterprise Institute.

James Mertz

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate Management
  • Energy
  • Environment & Climate
  • Mergers & Acquisition
  • Space Finance
Bio

James has over thirteen years of experience in various energy, investing, and venture roles including as Partner at Mertz Holdings, an active early stage family office, and as President of Mertz Energy, an independent E&P company. In addition, he is a founding partner of Townsend Mertz, a real estate investment firm, a Venture Advisor for Resonant Venture Partners, and an LP Advisor at FTW Ventures. Over the last thirteen years, James has created a 39% IRR and helped grow portfolio companies to unicorn status, one of which has exited. James sourced and managed multiple capital investments in order to help diversify family holdings, including Resonant VC, Neurodyn Inc., Reach Production Solutions and many others. Mr. Mertz is also President and founder of Mertz Energy where he manages a technical team to source and generate oil and gas projects. Prior to these activities, Mr. Mertz started and led the Oil & Gas Downhole and Subsea division for Amphenol, a $39 billion market cap manufacturing company. James received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and received his MBA with highest Distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and IESE Barcelona. While at Michigan, Mr. Mertz studied in Bulgaria through the Fulbright Program and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Ian Molony

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • Geology & Mining
  • Space Architecture
  • Space Settlement
  • Spacecraft Design & Engineering
Bio

Founder and Principal Designer at Indigo Aerospace Design, LLC, Mr. Molony is a Project Manager and Architectural Designer with over 30 years of Commercial Architectural Design and Construction experience. In leading roles, Mr. Molony and his teams have designed and built over $5 billion in construction over the span of his career. Mr Molony has been engaged in designing and implementing commercial construction projects for high-tech and semi-conductor manufacturing and industrial research, telecommunications, K-12 schools, higher education, healthcare, biotech research, museums, and corporate commercial. Mr. Molony’s experience in specifications, materials, means, methods, logistics, fabrication, manufacturing, project management, contract administration, oversight, innovation, and creativity, as well as his leadership experience, is an asset to any team in solving some of the greatest technological challenges we will face during our mission to develop revolutionary concepts to advance human space exploration, colonization, commercialization, and to support space tourism to the Moon and eventually Mars.

Shawna Pandya, MD

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • Business Strategy
  • Space Exploration
  • Space Life Sustainability
  • Space Medicine
  • Space Settlement
  • Space Strategy
Bio

Dr. Shawna Pandya is a scientist-astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM, physician, aquanaut, speaker, martial artist, advanced diver, skydiver, pilot-in-training, VP Immersive Medicine with Luxsonic Technologies and Fellow of the Explorers’ Club. She is also Director of the International Institute of Astronautical Sciences (IIAS)/PoSSUM Space Medicine Group, Chief Instructor of the IIAS/PoSSUM Operational Space Medicine course, Director of Medical Research at Orbital Assembly Construction, clinical lecturer at the University of Alberta, podcast host with the World Extreme Medicine’s WEMCast series, Primary Investigator (PI) for the Shad Canada-Blue Origin student microgravity competition, appointed member of the ASCEND 2021 Guiding Coalition, Life Sciences Team Lead for the Association of Spaceflight Professionals, and sessional lecturer for the “Technology and the Future of Medicine,” course at the University of Alberta. She serves as medical advisor to several space, medical and technology companies, including Mission: Space Food, Gennesys and Aquanauta, as well as the Jasper Dark Sky Festival Advisory Committee. She is currently completing a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine (Academy of Wilderness Medicine). In 2021, Dr. Pandya was granted an Honorary Fellowship in Extreme and Wilderness Medicine by the World Extreme Medicine organization and named one of the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2021.

Aaron Oesterle

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • Space Economics
  • Space Exploration
  • Space Geopolitics – Domestic
  • Space Settlement
  • Space Strategy
Bio

One of the nation’s leading space policy activists. Considered by space insiders to be one of most respected and hardest working space experts in the country, he has played a behind the scenes role in many breakthrough and innovative space policies. Previously he was Vice President at PoliSpace, an important Washington based consulting firm. While there, he often drafted and helped prepare Congressional testimony on behalf of dozens of space companies and organizations. Aaron has been working on space policy for almost 10 years, he is well known and trusted by Congressional space staffers and has run the gamut in terms of policy work. While he was the DC Representative for the National Space Society, he helped draft the Space Exploration, Development and Settlement Bill, which influenced other bills developed by the the U.S. Senate. He also served for many years both as a board member and as the Executive Director for the Space Frontier Foundation. Mr. Oesterle graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Science Technology and Society.

Peter Pry, PhD

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • Cybersecurity
  • Energy
  • Space Geopolitics
  • Space Intelligence
  • Space Strategy
  • Space Weather
Bio

Dr. Pry is Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, a Congressional Advisory Board and nonprofit, dedicated to protecting U.S. critical civilian infrastructures from solar and manmade EMP and to preparing the U.S. military for warfare waged in the electromagnetic spectrum, including cyber and space warfare. Dr. Pry served as: Chief of Staff of the Congressional EMP Commission (2001-2017), Chief of Staff of the Commission on the New Strategic Posture of the United States (Foster Commission), and on the professional staffs of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States, the House Armed Services Committee, and CIA. Dr. Pry is author of many books and articles on national security and strategic technologies. His books have become TV documentaries and he frequently appears on radio and television.

Gabriele Rizzo, PhD

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate Management
  • Space Strategy
Bio

Dr. Rizzo, APF, is a visionary futurist and an enthusiastic innovator. A Ph.D. in String Theory and Astrophysics grown into a Defense leading expert in foresight, he is the NATO’s Member at Large (“world-class expert drawn from academia, industry or government from the Nations”) for Strategic Foresight and Futures Studies, and the former Advisor to the Italian Minister of Defense for Futures. Dr. Rizzo serves as Board member for policy strategy (in EU organizations surpassing $2B worth and scoring with honors on EU reviews) and for scientific research (leading the world’s largest community of 5000+ Defense scientists). He is also Adjunct Professor of Strategy at the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” Gabriele advises Governments and Defenses on long-term strategies, foresight, game-changing technologies, and innovation convergence — the U.S., UK, Italy, Switzerland, NATO, the United Nations, European Defense Agency, and other allied Governments and Fortune Global500 companies all number him among their ranks. He has been leading deep futures vision in the 2060 timeframe of the U.S. Space Force, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories, the Italian Prime Minister’s Grand Strategy 2040, and several other senior major engagements on strategic foresight and futures. The works he was an editor for, or that he has authored, inform $1T (one trillion USD) worth of Defense planning. Some were evaluated “important pillars of strategy and implementation of R&I” by the EU. Others shape industrial investments in Research, Development, and Innovation for more than $20B in 2020. Dr. Rizzo routinely gives keynotes in the U.S. and Europe, and is passionate about complexity, singularity, and peace.

Ken Sunshine

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Space Finance
  • Space Supply Chain Development
Bio

Mr. Sunshine is a senior executive, entrepreneur, angel investor and aerospace board member/advisor/mentor with extensive expertise in strategic planning, financial analysis, capital markets, M&A, operations and project management. Ken is currently COO and Board Director at Nebula Space Enterprise. He also is a member of the investment committee for SpaceFund, a founding Board member at Veleos, a mentor with Starburst Accelerator and Techstars Space Accelerator, and an advisor to Skyloom Global and Keplerian Technologies. Ken was Co-founder and COO/CFO of Vector Launch, Inc. Prior to cofounding Vector, he served as CFO at Virgin Galactic and Moon Express and Co-founded Companion Medical. He has also served as CFO at MDA Information Systems, National Institute of Aerospace and Aurora Flight Sciences; was Senior Vice President of Finance at Orbital and an aerospace engineer at Draper Laboratories. Ken received an MBA from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and an engineering degree from Tufts University.

Brent Ziarnick, PhD

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
  • DOD / Commercial Interactions
  • Space Architecture
  • Space Economics
  • Space Geopolitics
  • Space Strategy
  • Spacecraft Design & Engineering
Bio

Dr. Ziarnick is an Assistant Professor of Spacepower at USAF Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, and is author of “Developing National Power in Space.” He has academic expertise in astronautical engineering, economic development, and military strategy. He served 18-years as a space operations officer in the USAF Reserve. Dr. Ziarnick’s professional interests are in space economics, strategy, and spacepower theory.