Today space impacts critical infrastructure operations, national security and economic opportunity all around the world.  The technologies, innovations, products and services derived from this environment are constant which is why more people are looking to join the most dynamic marketplace in history.

Space Foundation University is the resource dedicated to those new entrants, entrepreneurs as well as future space professionals looking for greater knowledge and insight to acquire market edge and opportunity.


With courses taught by experienced leaders and trusted experts from across the global space ecosystem, Space Foundation University provides access, resources, and a robust knowledge base to enhance new business creation and workforce development in the space industry.

While demand for qualified talent by industry has never been higher, there are still barriers to entry for too many interested space economy participants. Space Foundation University works to overcome those obstacles and help its participants either build or grow their own business or find the right career.


Gabriella Goddard

Gabriella Goddard

Gabriella Goddard is the CEO of the Space Leadership Academy with over 20 years of experience in Leadership Development and Executive Coaching working with multinationals and entrepreneurs across the globe. She specializes in the fast-growing space sector and is an alumni of the International Space University. She is also a member of the UK Space Agency’s LEO Accelerator program. Gabriella regularly writes articles on leadership and innovation for Forbes and is the Founder of the Brainsparker App, a top-ranking creativity app. She is also the best-selling author of “Gulp!: The 7-day crash course to master fear and break through any challenge.”

Nova Space, Inc.

Nova Space, Inc.

Nova Space is the premier provider of interactive digital online training and education for the space ecosystem. Our space professional program provides organizations a talent pipeline of space educated professionals to enhance communications, optimize recruiting efforts, increase workforce retention rates, and increase productivity to achieve greater business outcomes. 


Mark Sirangelo

Mark Sirangelo

Mark is currently the Scholar in Residence for the University of Colorado. He is the former Chairman of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Board providing future innovation advice to the office of the Secretary of Defense and the former Chair of the DOD’s Space Advisory Committee.

Previously he completed an assignment as Special Assistant to the NASA Administrator helping to develop NASA’s return to the Moon and Moon to Mars plans.

Mark was the founding executive and head of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems. Mark has led teams which have managed billions of dollars of aerospace and technology development programs for in excess of 300 missions and programs.

He has served in the Governor’s Cabinet as the Chief Innovation Officer of the State of Colorado and is now the Colorado Governor’s appointee to the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory.

Corporate and personal awards include NASA/Space Foundation’s Technology Hall of Fame, Fast Company Top 10 Most Innovative Space Companies, Ernst &Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Inc. Magazine’s top 200 companies. He holds Doctorate, MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees. He has also been scientifically published, served as an officer in the US Military, has had a successful artistic career and is a licensed pilot.

Courtney Stadd

Courtney Stadd

Courtney Stadd is Founder/President, Capitol Alliance Solutions, LLC, a Washington-DC based management consulting firm whose clients include a wide range of pioneering commercial space actors.For nearly 40 years, Stadd’s career path has been a mix of senior government leadership and corporate executive jobs – primarily focused on encouraging the removal of policy and regulatory barriers to the emergence of a competitive American-led commercial space marketplace, as well as business development strategies to generate revenue for early-stage space ventures. He has held multiple senior positions at the US Department of Commerce, the US Department of Transportation, the White House, and worked directly for three NASA Administrators, including as Chief of Staff/White House Liaison.

As Senior Director, White House National Space Council, he helped draft numerous Presidential directives encouraging a competitive commercial space industry, including commercial space guidelines which have governed executive agency use of commercial space products and services for over 30 years.

Stadd is a member of the Washington Space Business Roundtable Board of Directors and Chair, Programs, 2020-2022. He was appointed Chair, Aerospace Industries Association Civil Space Committee, 2022. He also Vice President, Beyond Earth Institute. He is a long-time adviser to the UN NGO, Space Week Association. Mr. Stadd was selected to participate in NASA’s Oral History series.


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