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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Maxwell Zhu - US Task Force Lead

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.

Lindsey Wiser- US Task Force Deputy Lead

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.

Rachel Venn- EAGLE Task Force Collaboration Lead

Rachel is a master’s student in Space Science and Engineering at University College London, currently researching forecast models of solar energetic particle events with the Mullard Space Science Laboratory. With a strong interest in space policy, Rachel is also Reports Coordinator for SGAC, and hopes to help build a future where space is sustainable and accessible to all.

Cody Knipfer- Government Relations Co Lead

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.

Maya Nasr - Policy Co Lead

Maya is an Aerospace Engineering PhD candidate at MIT, working on the Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment (MOXIE) for NASA Jet Propulsion Lab’s Mars 2020 mission (Perseverance rover). A native of Lebanon, she received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from MIT in 2018 and 2021 respectively. Her primary research interests are space systems engineering, international space law, policy and politics, and space security and disarmament. She is also passionate about increasing global representation and access in the space sector and bringing awareness to nationality-based discrimination in career opportunities for foreign nationals. Outside of MIT, she loves traveling around the world, painting, and writing Arabic poetry

Hanh Le -Government Relations Co Lead

Hanh is a Master of Public Administration (MPA) student at the London School of Economics, where she applies public policy and environmental economics ideas to space issues. She received her B.S.F.S. at Georgetown University, studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in security. Hanh previously worked in Government Relations at the Space Foundation and interned at Astroscale U.S. and United Launch Alliance. Hanh enjoys reading science fiction, discovering new music, and, recently, baking (as a quarantine baker).

Sunny Narayanan- Outreach and Programs Co Lead

Sunny Narayanan is a Professor at Florida State University in the areas of space and clinical medicine, having an interdisciplinary background in engineering and biomedical sciences. He has been involved with NASA and space projects for the entirety of his career, and is in turn, involved with the SGAC US Taskforce on Space Policy to support more diverse space students and young professionals to get involved with our human space exploration efforts through opportunity, policy, and outreach.

Alyssa Pugliese - Policy Co Lead

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

Nana Gordon -Strategic Communications Co Lead

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.

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