Space Policy

Therese Jones

Senior Director of  Policy

Satellite Industry Association

Therese Jones is the Senior Director of Policy at the Satellite Industry Association, a U.S.-based trade association representing over 50 satellite operators, manufacturers, ground equipment suppliers, and launch companies.  In this position, Therese manages SIA working groups on regulatory, legislative, defense, space safety, cybersecurity, remote sensing, and export control-related issues.  Prior to SIA, Therese was an assistant policy researcher at RAND Corporation, working on space policy issues for a wide variety of government organizations.  Therese is a Ph.D. candidate in policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.  Therese received a master’s in astrophysics at UC Berkeley, and bachelor’s degrees in astronomy and astrophysics, physics, German, and international studies from Penn State University.

Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Distinguished Fellow & Head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative

Observer Research Foundation

Dr. Rajeswari (Raji) Pillai Rajagopalan is a Distinguished Fellow and heads the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation.  She is also a Non-Resident Indo-Pacific Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre from April-December 2020.  She was also the Technical Advisor to a new United Nations Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Prevention of Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) (July 2018-July 2019).  As a senior Asia defence writer for The Diplomat, she writes a weekly column on Asian strategic issues.  Dr. Rajagopalan joined ORF after a five-year stint at the National Security Council Secretariat (2003-2007), Government of India, where she was an Assistant Director.  Prior to joining the NSCS, she was Research Officer at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.  She was also a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Politics, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan in 2012.  She has authored or edited nine books including Global Nuclear Security: Moving Beyond the NSS (2018), Space Policy 2.0 (2017), Nuclear Security in India (2015), Clashing Titans: Military Strategy and Insecurity among Asian Great Powers (2012), The Dragon’s Fire: Chinese Military Strategy and Its Implications for Asia (2009).  She has published research essays in edited volumes, and in peer reviewed journals such as India Review, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Air and Space Power Journal, International Journal of Nuclear Law and Strategic Analysis. She has also contributed essays to newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Times of India, and The Economic Times. She has been invited to speak at international fora including the United Nations Disarmament Forum (New York), the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) (Vienna), Conference on Disarmament (Geneva), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the European Union.  

Dr. Rajagopalan tweets @ raji143 and maintains a personal blog: 

Luc Riesbeck

Space Policy & Research Analyst

Astroscale U.S.

Luc Riesbeck is a Space Policy and Research Analyst at Astroscale U.S., where they engage in interdisciplinary collaboration across the space community to find comprehensive solutions to orbital sustainability challenges. A recent graduate of the Space Policy Institute Master’s program at George Washington University, their research interests include space sustainability, orbital debris mitigation, and ethics in science and technology. Riesbeck also holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a minor in Global China Studies from New York University Shanghai. They are an alumni of the Brooke Owens Fellowship and the NASA ISEB second annual class.

Jennifer Warren

Vice President, Technology Policy & Regulation

Lockheed Martin Space

Jennifer A. Warren is Vice President, Technology Policy & Regulation.  In this capacity, she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of corporate domestic and international regulatory and associated policy strategies affecting Lockheed Martin business interests and opportunities; her portfolio includes spectrum, 5G, unmanned systems, commercial space/launch, privacy, ocean minerals, and emerging technologies.  

Ms. Warren is responsible for the management of the corporate portfolio in both intergovernmental organizations, including the International Telecommunications Union, International Civil Aviation Organization, and the International Seabed Authority, as well as trade associations.   She holds leadership positions in several trade associations, including the Boards of the Satellite Industry Association and the U.S. ITU Association, Chair of the AIA Space Council and AIA Spectrum Committee.  She also serves on several Federal Advisory Committees – the co-chair of the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC), the NASA Regulatory & Policy Committee, Advisory Council, and the FAA ARC on Streamlining Launch Regulations.

In 1996, Ms. Warren joined Lockheed Martin’s Space & Strategic Missiles Sector.  Prior to Lockheed Martin, Ms. Warren served in several senior roles at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, including in the Wireless Telecommunications and International Bureaus.  Prior to joining the FCC, Ms. Warren was at the Commission of the now European Union – both in Brussels, focused on bilateral issues with Japan and the U.S., and in Washington, DC, focused on EU-U.S. trade. 

Ms. Warren is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center (GULC).  She is also a graduate of Georgetown University (B.S. in Languages) and GULC (J.D.); she is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association, and the Illinois State and D.C. Bars. 

Her civic activities include serving on the Board of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum in Old Town Alexandria and the Signers Circle of the Foundation of the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA).  She is also an appointed member of the City of Alexandria’s George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee.

Dr. Danielle Wood


Space Enabled Research Group

Professor Danielle Wood serves as an Assistant Professor in Media Arts and Sciences and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Within the MIT Media Lab, Prof. Wood leads the Space Enabled Research Group which seeks to advance justice in Earth’s complex systems using designs enabled by space. Prof. Wood is a scholar of societal development with a background that includes satellite design, earth science applications, systems engineering, and technology policy. In her research, Prof. Wood applied these skills to design innovative systems that harness space technology to address development challenges around the world. Prior to serving as faculty at MIT, Professor Wood held positions at NASA Headquarters, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Aerospace Corporation, Johns Hopkins University, and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. Prof. Wood studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned a PhD in engineering systems, SM in aeronautics and astronautics, SM in technology policy, and SB in aerospace engineering.