William Pomerantz

At work: Will is the Vice President for Special Projects at Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, the world's first spaceline. Virgin Galactic is building on the legacy of the ANSARI X PRIZE-winning SpaceShipOne, bringing a fleet of privately-built spacecraft into regular commercial service. Will helps extend Virgin Galactic's efforts beyond the realm of space tourism, developing efforts such as the LauncherOne small satellite launch vehicle and the use of SpaceShipTwo as a research platform.

Outside of work: Will is married to Diana Trujillo, an engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Advisors of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, the world's largest student space organization. In addition to countless presentations given on behalf of Virgin Galactic and past employers, he has given a TEDx talk explaining why humans explore space, and tracks things that cost more than space exploration.

In the past: Will is a graduate of Harvard, the NASA Academy, and the International Space University. From 2005 - 2011, he worked at the XPRIZE Foundation, the world-leading incentive prize organization, where he served as the primary author and manager of the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE and the $2 million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander XCHALLENGE. Additionally, Will has worked at Brown University, the Futron Corporation, and the United Nations, and he was the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of SpaceAlumni.com, an early social network for space professionals. In 2007, he served on a Federal Advisory Committee, producing a report called Building a Better NASA Workforc