William Pomerantz

At work: I am Vice President for Special Projects at Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, the world's first spaceline. I help extend Virgin Galactic's efforts beyond space tourism, developing efforts such as the LauncherOne small satellite launch vehicle and the use of SpaceShipTwo as a research platform.

Outside of work: I am the Chairman of the Board of Advisors of SEDS-USA, the world's largest student space organization. I'm also a member of the Federal Aviation Administration's Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. In addition to countless presentations I've given on behalf of my employers, I've given a TEDx talk explaining why humans explore space. My amazing wife is Diana Trujillo, an engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

In the past: Will is a graduate of Harvard, the NASA Academy, and the International Space University. From 2005 - 2011, I worked at the XPRIZE Foundation, serving as the primary author and manager of the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE and the $2 million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander XCHALLENGE. I've also worked at Brown University, the Futron Corporation, and the United Nations, among others. I was the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of SpaceAlumni.com, an early social network for space professionals. In 2007, I served on a Federal Advisory Committee, producing a report called "Building a Better NASA Workforce: Meeting the Workforce Needs for the National Vision for Space Exploration."