Board of Directors

Coalition for Deep Space Exploration

Our Board of Directors includes:


Andrew Allen

Vice President and General Manager, Jacobs Space Operations Group (JSOG)


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Andrew Allen is Vice President and General Manager of Jacobs Space Operations Group at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, FL. JSOG provides overall management and implementation of ground systems capabilities, flight hardware processing and launch operations at KSC as part of the Test Operations Support Contract (TOSC). Program support includes the International Space Station, Ground Systems Development and Operations, the Space Launch System, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and the Launch Services Program. TOSC also supports NASA requirements, including agency programs, commercial entities and other government agencies in services for launch vehicles, spacecraft and payload integration and processing; operations and development of associated processes and ground systems to support integration, processing and launch; servicing and testing of flight hardware; and launch of development and operational flights at KSC. Andrew’s entire career has been dedicated to aerospace. Prior to joining Jacobs, he served in various space industry leadership positions including Vice President of Space Programs and Requirements for Honeywell, Vice President of International Military Aircraft for Honeywell and Associate Program Manager for Ground Operations with United Space Alliance. Selected by NASA in 1987, Andrew became an astronaut in 1988 and is a veteran of three space flights – logging more than 900 hours in space as the pilot on STS-46 in 1992, STS-62 in 1994, and mission commander on STS-75 in 1996. He was the Director of Space Station Requirements at NASA Headquarters until 1997. A retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, he graduated from the Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, Naval Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), and U.S. Navy Test Pilot School prior to his selection to the astronaut program. He has flown over 6,000 hours in over 30 different aircraft. Andrew earned his MBA fromthe University of Florida (2004) and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University (1977). He has received numerous awards and honors during his career including an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Daniel Webster College; Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Science from Villanova University; Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Bucks County Community College; as well as numerous medals and accolades in recognition of exemplary military and NASA service, such as the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Single Mission Air Medal, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and NASA Space Flight Medal.

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Lisa B. Callahan

Vice President and General Manager, Civil Space Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company


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Lisa B. Callahan is Vice President and General Manager of the Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Space Systems Company. In this role, she is responsible for all elements of Civil Space within Space Systems. She has executive responsibility for national space programs relating to human space flight and space science missions, including planetary, solar, astrophysical and Earth remote sensing for civil government agencies. These programs include Orion spacecraft, Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, GOES-R weather satellites, InSight, OSIRIS-REx, Juno, MAVEN, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Odyssey planetary missions, and nuclear space power programs. Ms. Callahan is also responsible for Michoud Operations and related activity at Stennis Space Center. In her previous role as Vice President of Corporate Internal Audit of Lockheed Martin Corporation – reporting directly to the Lockheed Martin Audit Committee of the Board of Directors – Ms. Callahan provided independent, objective assurance and advisory activity to improve the Corporation’s operations. Under her leadership, Corporate Internal Audit determined the adequacy and effectiveness of the Corporation’s network of risk management, internal control, and governance processes as designed and represented by management. Her prior leadership roles also include Vice President and General Manager of the Mission Systems & Training Undersea Systems line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation; Vice President of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Maritime Ballistic Missile Defense Program; and Program Director for Lockheed Martin’s Simulation Training and Support business. Ms. Callahan graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Currently, she’s a member of the Dean of Engineering Advisory Board. Ms. Callahan is a member of the Sandia National Laboratory Board of Directors, Chair of the Audit & Ethics Committee, and a member of the Governance Committee.

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Jim Chilton

Senior Vice President, Space and Launch, Boeing Defense, Space & Security Boeing


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Jim Chilton is senior vice president of Boeing’s Space and Launch division, with a portfolio that includes the International Space Station; the CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle; NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS); government and commercial satellite systems; and Boeing’s participation in United Launch Alliance. Previously, Chilton led various other Boeing divisions that included space programs, strategic missiles, missile defense and weapons. Prior to these leadership roles, he managed various space programs for Boeing, including Exploration Launch Systems; SLS; and the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services team in support of Space Shuttle, the International Space Station and expendable launch vehicle payloads. Chilton began his career in 1984 as a turbo machinery development engineer at Rocketdyne. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University and a master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Mary Lynne Dittmar, Ph.D



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Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar joined the Board in an honorary position as “Emerita” after stepping down from her leadership position as President and CEO of CDSE at the end of 2020. During her tenure Mary Lynne transformed the Coalition from an ad hoc communications group of 4 companies to an incorporated, 501c6 trade group of more than 60 companies and universities, supporting America’s space programs in human exploration and science and the development of space technology and serving as a strong advocate for the space industry. Previously she founded and managed several companies including her own consulting firm, Dittmar Associates, to which she is returning in February of 2020. Her prior experience includes managing systems integration for assembly, activation and checkout of the International Space Station program for Boeing and serving as Chief Scientist for Commercial Payloads for the ISS. Mary Lynne is a Fellow of the National Research Society and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. She served on the National Research Council’s Committee on Human Spaceflight and is a member of Space Studies Board for the National Academies. She also continues to serve on the Users’ Advisory Group of the National Space Council, and the FAA Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee.

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Jim Maser

Vice President, Advanced Space and Launch Business Unit Aerojet Rocketdyne


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Jim Maser oversees all NASA programs, defense and commercial launch systems, advanced space and launch strategy programs, and in-space propulsion system programs supported by sites throughout the country. He is based out of the company’s Los Angeles facility in Canoga Park, California.

Maser brings more than 32 years of global aerospace experience spanning entrepreneurial space launch and human spaceflight as well as commercial and military jet engines. He previously served as president of James G. Advisors, LLC, a strategy, leadership and technical execution consulting firm. Prior to that, Maser held a number of roles within Pratt & Whitney between 2006 and 2017, including vice president of the F135 engine program and president of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, where he was responsible for the design, manufacture and performance of power and propulsion systems across numerous platforms.

Prior to Pratt & Whitney, Maser served in several other high-profile roles, including president and general manager at Boeing-led Sea Launch company, and president and chief operating officer at SpaceX.

“Jim’s incredible breadth of expertise in the industry includes leadership for both commercial and traditional space companies, providing unique perspective as we continue driving innovation and proven reliability into our expanding space portfolio,” said Drake. “Because Jim previously served as president of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne for more than six years, he also brings familiarity with our products, our customers and our world-class workforce. I can’t think of a better match for our company and for our Space organization, and I am thrilled to have Jim join my senior leadership team.”

Maser is the immediate past president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and currently serves on the association’s board of trustees.

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Charles J. Precourt

Vice President & General Manager, Propulsion Systems Northrop Grumman


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Charlie Precourt is the vice president and general manager of Propulsion Systems for Northrop Grumman (Previously: “Orbital ATK’s Flight Systems Group”). He is responsible for key programs including the solid rocket booster for NASA’s Space Launch System, Trident II (D-5) and Minuteman III strategic missile product lines, the Groundbased Midcourse Defense program and commercial rocket motors and products. Precourt joined Orbital ATK in March 2005 as vice president, Strategy and Business Development, and was responsible for business market analysis, developing new customer and market opportunities and matching Orbital ATK’s capabilities and synergies to customer requirements. Before coming to Orbital ATK, Precourt had a distinguished 15-year career with NASA. Qualified as a space shuttle astronaut in 1991, he is a veteran of four space flights—including two as mission commander—and has logged more than 932 hours in space. In addition to his duties as an astronaut, Precourt also held several management and technical positions with NASA, including deputy program manager for the International Space Station, chief of the Astronaut Corps and director of operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Precourt also served for 23 years with the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Colonel in March 2000. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base and flew as a test pilot on the F-15E development program. Precourt was an F-15 pilot/instructor/flight commander in Europe and an instructor pilot at both Reese and Edwards Air Force Bases. A native of Hudson, Massachusetts, Precourt received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in engineering management from Golden State University and a master’s in national security affairs and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He also attended the French Air Force Academy in 1976 as part of an exchange program. He is fluent in both Russian and French.

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