William J. Pomerantz

Vice President and Commercial Space Exploration in Los Angeles, California

William J. Pomerantz

Vice President and Commercial Space Exploration in Los Angeles, California

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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, helping start our programs for small satellite launch and suborbital research flights.

Outside of work: I am the Chair of the Board of Advisors of SEDS-USA, the world's largest student space organization. I'm also co-founder of the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program; a member of the Editorial Board of ROOM, a Space Journal; an advisor at Waypaver Labs, a nonprofit dedicated to pushing the boundaries of human exploration; and a member of the Professional Development Committee of Women in Aerospace. In addition to countless presentations I've given on behalf of my employers, I've given a TEDx talk explaining why humans explore space. I'm a working father. My amazing wife is Diana Trujillo, Mission Lead and Deputy Team Chief of Engineering for the Mars Curiosity Mission at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

In the past: I'm 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." I've also served as a member of the FAA's Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee.

  • Work
    • Virgin Galactic
  • Education
    • Harvard University
    • NASA Academy