ASD Leadership

Jonathan Dagle
ASD Board Member
NSS Policy Committee Chair

Jonathan Dagle is a technologist, futurist, and strategist. As Principal at JD Solutions, LLC, he helps organizations craft strategies and implement technologies to achieve their goals. He is a retired Air Force officer with diverse international experiences, from managing a bombing range in an allied country, to air combat operations planner, to aircrew instructor, to strategist at Air Force “Checkmate.” He participated in several war-games, managed relationships with think tanks, and consulted on several Army War College studies. Jonathan is currently Planetary Defense Policy Manager and a member of the Policy Committee at the National Space Society. He has participated in four congressional engagements, advocating space priorities, with both ASD and The Planetary Society.

Hoyt Davidson
ASD Board Member
NSS Executive Vice President

Hoyt Davidson is the founder and Managing Partner of Near Earth LLC, an investment bank focused on the satellite industry, commercial space and aerospace/defense. Clients include major companies in those industries, private equity and hedge funds, and early stage entrepreneurial firms seeking private equity capital. He also serves on and the Boards of Pacific International Center for Space Exploration Systems and NanoRacks LLC, and formerly served on the NASA Advisory Council.

Dave Huntsman
ASD Board member
Space Frontier Foundation Advocate; NSS Member; Senior Member, AIAA. 

Dave Huntsman retired from NASA in 2021 after 46 years, starting as a GS-3 (below most secretaries) all the way through to and including 9 years as a Senior Executive. His first mission in NASA was the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the last mission of the Apollo spacecraft. He was a Skylab Entry Flight Controller in Mission Control in Houston, as well as working in Mission Control and flight operations for shuttle flights 1 thru 30 in various capacities, including the Challenger accident, as well as the Challenger recovery period. He was also NASA’s lead for upper stage “launches” of satellites from the space shuttle at a time when they were a majority of shuttle payloads. As a member of the Shuttle Program Manager’s staff he was responsible for Ascent Debris Mitigation issues as well as external tank and orbiter integration activities. During early Space Station development he was head for Station System Engineering and Project Integration for the international Program where he was responsible for overall station design requirements & utilization planning for all U.S. and international Partner Projects. In later years he worked at a NASA Research Center as Chief of the Engineering Divisions, as well as in the Office of the Chief Technologist. 

Michael Mealling
ASD Board member
CEO, Waypaver Foundation
President, Moon Society

Michael co-founded Masten Space Systems, was CTO of Seraph Group (a seed stage VC fund), is the CEO of the Waypaver Foundation, and the President of the Moon Society. He has helped build several startups over the years ranging from telecom consulting to social media. He received an MBA from Georgia Tech in 2011.

His experience building companies and teams from scratch, and raising money for and investing in those companies, has given Michael an experienced view of both the successes and failures at every stage of building sustainable enterprises. Early involvement in the Internet and space industries has given him a unique view on what social and economic conditions need to exist for new industries to grow and thrive.

Beatriz de Aristegui
ASD Executive Coordinator

Charles Miller
ASD Executive Coordinator Emeritus

Miller is President and owner of NexGen Space LLC, which provides consulting services to governments, traditional aerospace firms, and entrepreneurial companies at the intersection of civil space, commercial space, and public policy. He is also a member of the Horizon Strategies Group. Miller is the Co-Founder of Nanoracks LLC, which has delivered nearly 200 payloads to date to the International Space Station (ISS). Nanoracks provides internal ISS microgravity research services, ISS external platform services, and small satellite launch services. Miller served as NASA Senior Advisor for Commercial Space in Washington, DC from February 2009 to January 2012. Miller was CEO and President of Constellation Services International, Inc. (CSI) from 1998 to February 2009. Miller proposed “New Space” as national branding and marketing theme in July 2004, while serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Space Frontier Foundation. NewSpace has been widely adopted across the space industry to distinguish between differing space policy and business practices. Mr. Miller was the Founder and former Chairman/President of ProSpace, which was also known as “The Citizens’ Space Lobby”.

Previous ASD Board members:

Ian Burrell
SOCH Board Member
SEDS-USA Board & Staff Member

Ian Burrell is a student at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, studying Mechanical Engineering with a focus in space technologies. Since 2016, he has been involved in the planning and coordination of Students on Capitol Hill (SOCH), March Storm and Fall Fury blitz events. Serving as a Students on Capitol Hill Board Member and previous ASD Advocacy Coordinator, he has a wide range of experience in citizen space advocacy. He also serves as Social Media Coordinator for the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), and has led the Virginia Tech chapter as Chair. Ian has devoted his academic career to the advancement of spacesuit design and production, and has submitted two proposals to NASA as part of the L’SPACE Academy program. He is an advocate of increased commercial presence in all areas of space, as well as permanent human presence throughout the solar system.

Jeremy Wainscott
Former ASD Chief Operating Officer
Former NSS Executive Vice President

Wainscott holds a Master of Public Administration with a focus in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University. He has served on multiple executive boards and policy committees on science and technology policy at both Indiana University and the University of Washington. He has published two academic papers on space policy: “Beyond Earth: An Analysis of Public Policy Models for Human Expansion” in 2015, and “The Future of Manned Spaceflight in the United States” in 2017. He is a member of several Advisory Boards for the Lifeboat Foundation, including Media & Arts, Policy, and Space Settlement, and is an Advocate for the Space Frontier Foundation. He has previously served as the Executive Coordinator, Director of Communications, and Advocacy Coordinator for ASD.

Randy Gigante
Former NSS Policy Committee Chair

Randy joined the National Space Society over 35 years ago and until recently has worked in the Commercial Space industry. He built the first three-axis stabilized spacecraft bus at Hughes Space and Communications and served as Program Manager for the first generation global Orbcomm LEO Constellation including both the satellites and ground systems in the 1990’s. After 2000, Randy worked as a Senior Program Manager at both SES and Intelsat, selling services on GEO communication satellites to major commercial and government customers.

Randy is currently the Deputy Chair of the NSS Policy Committee and has served on the NSS Board of Directors as well. Randy is one of two NSS representatives to the Alliance for Space Development, and sits on the ASD Board of Directors. One of his major work areas is supporting the March Storm, and Fall Fury legislative blitzes.

Gary Oleson
SFF Board Member

Oleson is a senior engineer at TASC, an Engility Company, providing systems engineering and decision support to national security and civilian agencies of the federal government. He writes frequently on space policy and space engineering. As an employee of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Oleson served as International Space Station Systems Engineering liaison with the logistics and maintenance communities. In addition to his current role in the Space Frontier Foundation, Oleson served on the the Board of Directors of the National Space Society, served as NSS Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President, and chaired the 1985 International Space Development Conference. He was awarded the Space Station Freedom Award of Merit, a NASA Group Achievement Award, and the Space Pioneer Award.

Dale Skran
NSS Board Member
NSS Chief Operating Officer

After 17 years with Bell Labs (AT&T, Lucent Technologies), Dale Skran worked in several companies including Ascend Communications (VP of Enterprise Engineering), Sonus Networks (Director of Engineering), and CMWare (Founder, CEO, COO, and VP of Engineering). He was also a negotiator/ manager (Rapporteur) at the UN (International Telecommunication Union) where he led the development of international Internet standards for video conferencing and voice services (VoIP).

Dale is the Chief Operating Officer of the National Space Society.  In addition, Dale is one of two NSS representatives to the Alliance for Space Development, and sits on the ASD Board of Directors. One of his major work areas is supporting the Space Exploration Alliance Washington Blitz in February, the March Storm, and the NSS Home District Blitz in August. He also also chaired the Space Policy Track at the 2014 ISDC. During 2013-2014 he gave a talk titled “NewSpace” to a variety of audiences. Additionally, he has written a number of articles for Ad Astra, including “A Summer in Newspace” (Winter 2013).

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