Task Force On U.S. Space Policy

The Task Force welcomes all participants that qualify for SGAC membership (ages 18-35) interested in joining SGAC’s Space Generation Advocacy and Policy Platform (SGAPP) US Task Force should complete this form here

Who We Are

SGAC’s Task Force on U.S. Space Policy is an American-led team of young professionals and students in the space industry. We envision the sustainable, fair, and cooperative development of outer space to benefit all people on Earth. We aim to further this vision through interactions with U.S. policymakers and the promotion of accessible education. Read more about our mission statement and values here.

This Task Force operates under the SGAC Space Generation Advocacy and Policy Platform (SGAPP).

Ongoing Activities

Since its founding in January 2021, the SGAC Task Force on U.S. Space Policy has accomplished a tremendous amount. As part of SGAC’s mission to represent the young space generation, this Task Force has brought students and young space professionals from around the world together and begun the vital task of communicating our vision of a sustainable, fair, and cooperative future in space to U.S. policymakers – something that SGAC has not done at this scope in its 20-year history. After a successful Year 1, The Task Force is proud of its growing reputation and looks forward to evolving in Year 2 to become an increasingly valuable and effective part of SGAC’s policy and advocacy efforts. Read more about our first year of accomplishments here

Educational Meetings:

The Task Force produces memos and additional resource documents on pressing space policy topics that are shared with policymakers, their staff, and others who may benefit. Members of the Task Force then hold meetings, primarily with staffers in U.S. congressional offices, to raise awareness of the topics and to educate policymakers on their importance.

Webinar Series:

The Task Force hosts webinars with topical experts to discuss solutions to pressing space policy challenges. This Space in 2050 series explores how history has shaped current events and how evolving policies may shape what space exploration endeavors look like in 2050. The Series takes a long-term perspective to better understand the challenges we, the younger generation, will face in the decades to come and what actions should be taken in the present.

Policy Briefs and Resources

Space Debris Mitigation

Lead Author – Leah Farrar Additional Resources

Space Diplomacy

Lead Author – Alyssa Goessler Additional Resources

Commercial Partnerships

Lead Author – Rahim Talibzade Additional Resources

Space in 2050 Webinar Series

Ep.1 – Space Debris

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Ep.2 – Space Diplomacy

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Task Force Lead - Maxwell Zhu

As the Lead of the U.S. Task Force, Maxwell champions the policy priorities of students and young professionals to U.S. government policymakers. Outside of SGAC, Maxwell is a Tech Scouting Associate at Dcode where connects the federal government with emerging tech to solve critical problems. Maxwell holds a B.A. in Physics and Government from Harvard, and if you Slack him right now, there’s a good chance he’s replaying Mass Effect, airballing 3-pointers, or exploring risotto recipes.

Deputy Lead - Lindsey Wiser

Lindsey is an Astrophysics Ph.D. student at Arizona State University, where she studies exoplanet atmospheres and space science mission planning. She got her B.S. at Johns Hopkins University studying Engineering Mechanics and Earth and Planetary Science. Lindsey is passionate about all things space and aviation, enjoys the outdoors, and loves her cat.

Policy Co Lead- Alyssa Pugliese

Alyssa is a recent graduate of Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs where she received her Master's in International Security. Before Sciences Po, she attended New York University where she graduated with a double major in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Politics. Currently, she is working with Dr. Jaclyn Kerr at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at National Defense University on cybersecurity issues and digital authoritarianism. Alyssa is passionate about emerging security domains like space and cyber, loves traveling and enjoys cooking with friends

Policy and Strategic Communication Co Lead - Nana Gordon

Nana is a U.S.-based attorney specializing in regulatory compliance and space sustainability. Her expertise includes Space Situational Awareness and Space Traffic Coordination. She graduated from New York Law School and received her B.S at California State University, Northridge in Business and Finance. Nana is passionate about preserving the space environment for a sustainable future and in her off time enjoys stargazing with her toddler.

Strategic Communication Co Lead - Sara Khoury

Sara is an Technological Leadership student at Arizona State University. Sara aspires to be a program/project manager in the space industry one day. Sara enjoys the art of project planning and the excitement of executing projects as a team. Sara loves to celebrate everyone’s talents and strives to encourage others to follow their dreams. Sara is passionate about space policy because she wants space to continue to be a place for discovery and innovation for generations to come. Recently Sara has participated as a NASA Lucy Intern through ASU. She also has volunteered as a NASA Lucy Ambassador and as a mentor for the MCA L’SPACE academy. In Sara’s free time she works as operations manager for JSSOAR, an Jordan based education nonprofit she helped start.

Advocacy Strategy Co Lead - Cody Knipfer

Cody is the Advocacy Strategy Lead for the U.S. Task Force for Space Policy. His professional expertise is in the space policy sector, having worked in government affairs for a commercial space firm, several space trade associations, and on Capitol Hill. He holds a B.A. in international relations and political science from McDaniel College, and a M.A. in international science and technology policy, specialized in space policy, from George Washington University's Space Policy Institute. While not an aerospace engineer, he has successfully assembled every available LEGO space set.