U.S. Task Force – Policy & Advocacy

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The US Task Force welcomes all participants that qualify for SGAC membership (ages 18-35). Please complete this form.

SGAC’s U.S. Task Force 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 developing policy recommendations and background materials, facilitating discussions with experts, and encouraging broad involvement in policy. 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 U.S. Task Force has accomplished a tremendous amount. As part of SGAC’s mission to represent the young space generation, the 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 the U.S. policy community – something that SGAC has not done at this scope in its 20-year history. After a successful 2 years, the Task Force is proud of its growing reputation and looks forward to evolving in Year 3 to become an increasingly valuable and effective part of SGAC’s policy and advocacy efforts.

Educational Materials and Meetings:

The Task Force produces memos, recommendations, and additional resources on pressing space policy topics. These materials are shared with space policy communities, as well as a broader audience to encourage involvement in policy discussions.


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


Episode 1 – Space Debris

Episode 2 – Space Diplomacy

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Blog and Newsletters


U.S. Task Force Leadership

Lead - Lindsey Wiser

Lindsey is an Astrophysics Ph.D. Candidate at Arizona State University, where she studies exoplanet atmospheres, science mission development, and space law/policy. She earned 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.

Deputy Lead - Sunny Narayanan

Dr. Anand “Sunny” Narayanan is currently a Professor at Florida State University (FSU). As a first-generation, immigrant, Indian American, Sunny has held a life-long interest in encouraging diversity through educational outreach and interdisciplinary projects. Sunny holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Medical and Space Physiology, and B.S. degrees from West Virginia University in Mechanical Engineering and Biology.

Policy 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.

Policy Co Lead - Anja Sheppard

Anja Sheppard is a PhD student at the University of Michigan where she is investigating robotic perception for space exploration. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, and also holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. Anja is very passionate about a encouraging an ethical approach to space exploration by bridging the gap between discourse in humanities spaces to those working on space technologies. She is particularly passionate about creating a sustainable and non-exploitative policy framework for space infrastructure.

Advocacy Strategy Co Lead - Hanh Nguyenle

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).

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.

Communications - 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.

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