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Charity Weeden Appointed as NASA’s New Associate Administrator for Technology, Policy, and Strategy

A New Role for Weeden

Charity Weeden, a former vice president of Astroscale U.S., has joined NASA as the associate administrator for the agency’s Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS). She was sworn in by NASA Administrator Bill Nelson on Monday, September 25, 2023. Weeden succeeds Bhavya Lal, who left the agency in July, and Ellen Gertsen, who had been serving as the office’s acting leader since then.

Weeden will lead OTPS, which was created by Nelson to provide high-quality, evidence-driven advice to NASA leadership to guide strategic planning and investments. OTPS works across NASA’s mission directorates and with the space community to address emerging challenges and opportunities in the space sector.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Charity to our NASA family,” Nelson said. “She brings a wealth of experience and expertise in space policy, technology, and sustainability that will help us advance our goals and missions in space.”

A Distinguished Career in Space

Weeden has a long and distinguished career in the space domain. She spent 23 years with the Royal Canadian Air Force, during which time she was assigned to the U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command. Among her assignments, she served as deputy sensor manager for the U.S. Space Surveillance Network at U.S. Air Force Space Command. She received an undergraduate degree from the Royal Military College of Canada in mechanical engineering and a master’s of space science from the University of North Dakota.

Charity Weeden Appointed as NASA’s New Associate Administrator for Technology

In the D.C. area, she was senior director of policy for the Satellite Industry Association before joining Astroscale as Vice President for Global Space Policy and Government Relations. Astroscale is a company that is building systems to improve space sustainability by active debris removal, life extension of geostationary satellites, and space situational awareness.

Weeden is also an active member of several professional organizations and committees related to space policy and security. She is a co-founder and board member of Women in Aerospace Canada, a board member of Women in Aerospace Foundation USA, a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Space Debris Committee, and a member of the Secure World Foundation Advisory Committee.

A Vision for the Future

Weeden said she is honored and excited to join NASA and OTPS. She said she looks forward to working with Nelson and the rest of the NASA team to shape the future of space exploration and innovation.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve NASA and the nation,” Weeden said. “I’m passionate about advancing space technology, policy, and strategy that will enable us to achieve our ambitious goals in science, exploration, and discovery.”

Weeden also said she is committed to fostering collaboration and cooperation among NASA’s diverse stakeholders, including other government agencies, industry partners, academia, international allies, and the public.

“Space is a shared domain that requires shared responsibility and leadership,” Weeden said. “I believe NASA has a unique role to play in advancing space sustainability, security, and prosperity for all.”

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