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Vice President for Special Projects at Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic

Guest Bio

Will Pomerantz is the Vice President for Special Projects at Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. In that role, Will helps extend Virgin Galactic’s business beyond suborbital space tourism, developing efforts such as the LauncherOne orbital launch vehicle for small satellites as well as suborbital research campaigns on board SpaceShipTwo. Prior to joining Virgin Galactic, he ran space prizes at the non-profit XPRIZE Foundation, where he served as the primary author and manager of the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE and the $2 million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander XCHALLENGE. Will has also worked at Brown University, the Futron Corporation, and the United Nations, and was the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of SpaceAlumni.com, an early social network for space professionals.

Will is also a Trustee and the Chair of the Board of Advisors of SEDS-USA, the world's largest student space organization; a co-founder of the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program, a mentorship and paid work experience program for exceptional undergraduate women seeking a career in aviation or space exploration; 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. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the NASA Academy, and the International Space University.