Advisory Board

Shelli Brunswick, MBA

Shelli Brunswick, MBA is the Chief Operating Officer at Space Foundation, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Role Model of the Year, and Global Ambassador at WomenTech Network, and Space4Women Network Mentor at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.
She is also Chair for Women in Aerospace Foundation, Chair for Life for Space Tourism Society Africa, and Co-Chair for Global Policy Insights, . The Quad forum is an initiative of Global Policy Insights, a centrist policy institute, aimed at fostering dialogue and understanding around the Quad grouping of nations comprising the United States, India, Japan, and Australia.

Space Foundation is a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, offering a gateway to education, information, and collaboration for space exploration and space-inspired industries that define the global space ecosystem. Shelli joined in 2015, as the Chief Operating Officer and from 2016 to 2017 was Acting Chief Executive Officer. She oversees the Center for Innovation and Education, Symposium 365, and Global Alliance.

In 2020, Shelli received the CSBJ Women of Influence 2020 award.

In early 2021, she became the Chair of Space Entrepreneurship at Tod’Aérs and Founding Advisory Board (FAB) Member for the NYU SPS Human Capital Analytics and Technology Program.

Tod’Aérs, a Transparent Organization for Aeronautics and Space Research, is a multinational organization promoting Global Sustainable Development through Research in Geospatial and Space Studies — in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The Founding Advisory Board (FAB) at NYU SPD guides the creation of the Work and Organization Research Center (WORC) at NYU’s School of Professional Studies with the goal of advancing the HR profession by examining how the nature of work and workplace is changing, and how organizations can use technology, analytics, and inclusive design to create a better workplace experiences.

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Throughout 2020, Shelli joined and became a mentor at a diverse selection of organizations which focus on Space, Tech, and Development.

In March of 2020, she became the Executive Board Member and Interim Chair at Manufacturer’s Edge in Colorado, the official representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network in Colorado. Soon after she was selected as one of only 35 women worldwide as a Mentor at the Space4Women Network by UNOOSA United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

The Space4Women Network is a mentoring platform that promotes gender equality and gender empowerment in the space sector. The network is open to everyone with interest in space and willingness to support women and girls in space education and careers.

In mid 2020, Shelli joined the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporations as Board Member, and towards the end of the year, she became Diplomacy and Public Policy Mentor at the Global Policy, Diplomacy, and Sustainability Fellowship (GPODS).

In June of 2020, she was a speaker at the Virtual Women Tech Global Conference by WomenTech Network, with the title Women in Tech: there is no better time to be a part of the space economy. She became Founding Member, Advisory Board Member, Global Ambassador, and Mentor for the Network. At the end of the year, she was selected as the 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Role Model of the Year, and was nominated for the WomenTech Global Awards.

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At the end of 2020, Shelli also became a World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) Senator to the USA and Global Women Leaders Committee Board Member. They are committed to collaborating globally to empower the economic development of the world by fostering innovative financial instruments for startups, scaleups, innovators, entrepreneurs, and SMEs and to promote gender equality and women’s participation in all sectors of the world economy.

Shelli was the Chair of Women in Aerospace, between 2016 and 2019, where she led this international professional organization dedicated to raising the profile and leadership opportunities of women in the aerospace industry. Shelli oversaw and guided all financial, programmatic, and operational activities.

Shelli joined the Space Foundation in 2015 after a distinguished career as a space acquisition and program management professional for the United States Air Force, and finished her career as a key leader within the Air Force Congressional Liaison office working both within the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. She was Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certified in Program Management Level III, Financial Manager Level II, and a certified Space Professional Level III by the United States Air Force Space Professional Functional Authority.

She went to the Community College of the Air Force where she earned an Associate Degree in Personnel Administration in 1989. Shelli earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Business Administration from the Colorado State University-Pueblo in 1994 and her Master’s in Business Administration in 1998 from the University of Phoenix.

She started her career with the U.S. Air Force in 1997 as Test and Verification Project Officer at the Space and Missile Center in Los Angeles and by 1999 she became the Project Manager of Spacelift Range Command, where she stayed until 2001, when she was one of three selected from 9,000 program managers in the Air Force to attend the Education with Industry Program at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Shelli led daily meetings between Boeing and the program office during the C-17 follow-on buy of 60 aircraft.

In 2002, she joined the Defense Contract Management Agency as the Program Integrator of the Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS). After three years there, Shelli joined Defense Acquisition University where she developed and lectured a training curriculum focused on DoD and space acquisition processes.

Briefly, she joined the US Air Force Acquisition as Chief, USAF Acquisition Professional Development Policy. She led a team of 20 and developed implementation guidance and policy on critical leadership positions, ensuring major programs were filled by qualified individuals.

In January 2010, Shelli joined the US Air Force Financial Management, Budget, and Comptroller department where she represented the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force directly to members of Congress, their staff and committees to advance the department’s interests and achieve Air Force legislative goals. She advocated for and advanced Air Force budget interests for five Fiscal Years, and promoted key policy initiatives and garnered support for top program funding priorities such as the F-35, KC-46, Long Range Strike Bomber, and Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle. Upon her retirement in December 2014, she was Recognized by U.S. House Members and their staff as a problem solver.

Read a Congressional Record on Honoring LT. COL. Michelle R. Brunswick on the occasion of her retirement.

Read Wisdom From The Women Leading The Space Industry, A Space Foundation Perspective: Resilience Amid Challenges, Optimism for the Future, and Youngstown looks to jump aboard the growing global space economy.

Read USA’s Space Foundation is Charting a Space Education Roadmap Across the World and Africa is Next, 10 Prominent Women Education Leaders Share Steps to Improve the U.S. Education System, and Op-ed | Growth is great but innovation is the real investment.

Listen to Leadership, Innovation & Vision for a New Era, The Startup Life Podcast with Shelli, and Space for Everyone: Diversity in the Space Industry with Shelli Brunswick.

Watch America’s Future Series: Space Talks Dec 08, 2020 Interview with Shelli Brunswick, #HERStory100 – Women in STEM Women’s VOTE, and The Space Foundation workforce initiative.

Read the Interview Shelli Brunswick: The Ever-Expanding Opportunities of Space, “Here Are Five Things That Should Be Done to Improve the U.S. Educational System”, and “Be Opportunistic!” With Tyler Gallagher & Shelli Brunswick.

Watch Centennial of Women’s Suffrage and SCE – Shelli Brunswick & Nicole Wagner.

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