Shelli Brunswick, COO of the Space Foundation, brings a broad perspective and deep vision of the workforce development roadmap and economic opportunities available to women in the space economy — from a distinguished career as a space acquisition and program management leader and Congressional Liaison for the US Air Force — to her current role leading the Center for Innovation and Education.
Advocating for space technology innovation, Shelli collaborates with organizations around the world to advance the opportunities for entrepreneurs. She has piloted the launch of the Space Commerce Entrepreneurship Program, attended by 275+ minority small businesses across the country, and the Junior Space Entrepreneur Program that has trained its first 26 teachers from 16 states and 50 students for a Moon-to-Mars mission.
As a leading role model for women in space, Brunswick chairs the Women in Aerospace (WIA) Foundation, hosts the Women’s Global Gathering annually at the Space Symposium, and was selected as a mentor for the United Nations Space4Women network, and she servers on the board of directors for Manufacturer’s Edge.
On Dec. 3, 2020, Shelli was awarded the WomenTech Network Global Award for Diversity Officer/Role Model. Below Shelli shares her thoughts, feelings, and plans about her recognition.