San Francisco – December 14, 2016 – Today, the Space Frontier Foundation announced that Hannah Kerner has resigned as the organization’s executive director. Kerner has served in this role since July 2015 and played an integral role in reinvigorating the Foundation’s strategic vision focusing on cross-industry collaboration, sustainability and space entrepreneurship. Alexandra Hall, currently serving on the Foundation’s board of directors, will be named as interim executive director. Hall is an experienced non-profit executive director who also runs a consultancy providing strategic, organizational, marketing, programmatic and business development services to aviation, aerospace and tech companies.
In her role as executive director, Kerner presided over the two most successful NewSpace Conferences in 2015 and 2016 and skillfully connected Silicon Valley with space entrepreneurs through events such as the Warp Speed White Board event in April 2016. Kerner, who is pursuing her Ph.D. at Arizona State University, is leaving to focus on her doctoral research that brings the power of machine learning to planetary exploration as well as on a project currently in development that will work to deliver new experiences to people through the use of modern communication technology.
“My time at the Space Frontier Foundation has been exciting. We have strived to be a resource to entrepreneurs, investors, journalists and young professionals interested in joining the space industry,” said Kerner. “I’m proud of all that the Foundation has accomplished and know that it will continue its commitment to space entrepreneurship and realizing the vision of millions of people living and working in space.”
Hall previously served as the senior director of the Google Lunar XPRIZE and is the former CEO of Chabot Space and Science Center. She has worked with both traditional and newspace companies as well as space agencies and other space advocacy groups. As part of an extensive background in public and educational outreach around space, Hall hosted the “Final Frontier” program for BBC2 and contributes to journals such as New Space.
“I’m honored to lead Space Frontier Foundation through this transition,” said Hall. “The SFF set out its vision for space entrepreneurship and the development of the space economy nearly three decades ago and its efforts have led the newspace movement from just a handful of startups to a slew of successful mainstream companies. Space is a place to do business with opportunities for new industries and ideas. We will continue to inform, connect and inspire the entrepreneurs, advocating for a thriving space economy.”
The Space Frontier Foundation has begun its search for a new executive director, which will continue into the new year.
About Space Frontier Foundation
Founded in 1988, the Space Frontier Foundation is a leading 501(c) 3 non-profit organization committed to opening the space frontier to human settlement through the power of free enterprise. The Space Frontier Foundation forges cross-industry relationships, drives public engagement and advocates governmental support through special projects, events and strategic congressional campaigns to build a thriving space economy. The Space Frontier Foundation is the host and organizer of the NewSpace Conference, a ten-year running event that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, engineers and policy leaders to advance the commercial space industry. For more information, please visit www.spacefrontier.org