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Who We Are & What We Do

About NewSpace Nexus

NewSpace Nexus is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that is accelerating the pace of space innovation by uniting and igniting the industry. Through Unite & Ignite Space, a first-of-its-kind co-innovation hub, stakeholders gain access to workspaces, equipment, programming, rapid prototyping and demonstration, and resources needed for innovation and rapid progress. Services include access to space ecosystem knowledge, public events, and networking; navigation services that provide tailored guidance and direct assistance to fast-track business growth; and collaborative innovation services that ignite product and solution development.  

Founding partners include the State of New Mexico, Virgin Galactic, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the U.S. Space Force Space Rapid Capabilities Office, among others.

Our Mission

Foster an entrepreneurial, business-focused commercial space ecosystem in New Mexico by making connections, advocating for stakeholders, and preparing for the future. 

Our Vision

Growing the space industry from New Mexico for the nation.

Our Team

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NewSpace Nexus Advisory Board

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Our Team

NewSpace Nexus Team

Casey Anglada DeRaad

Casey Anglada DeRaad

NewSpace Nexus, Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Casey DeRaad

Arial DeHerrera

NewSpace Nexus, Director of Engagement

Scott Maethner

Scott Maethner

NewSpace Nexus, VP Operations & Integration

Andrew MacKenzie

NewSpace Nexus, Co-Innovation Program Manager

 

Casey Anglada DeRaad

Carter Breckenridge

NewSpace Nexus, Innovation Program Manager

Kaitlyn Clark

Kaitlyn Clark

NewSpace Nexus, Financial Analyst

 

NewSpace Nexus Consultants

Erika Hecht

Marketing Strategy & Communications

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Carol Welsch

CRC, Space Stakeholder Engagement

Mathis Shinnick

Mathis Shinnick

Hanserd Holding, LLC

NewSpace Nexus Interns

Brandon Winter

Brandon Winter

IT/Data & Cyber Security

Garrett Rose

Garrett Rose

UNM Mechanical Engineering

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Board of Directors

Joe Sciabica

Joe Sciabica

Chair

CTO and VP/GM for Technology Solutions, ARCTOS

Donna Siergiej

Secretary

Director, Medical Physics, UNM Cancer Center

Barbara Brazil

Former Deputy Secretary, NM Economic Development Department
Jill Halverson

Jill Halverson

Former Field Representative, US Senator Bingaman
Gary King

Gary King

Former NM Attorney General
Gary King

Hank Andrews

CFO, Verus Research

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Advisory Board

Members of the NewSpace Nexus Advisory Board represent New Mexico space leaders from industry, academia, government and the community.

Joe Sciabica

Joe Sciabica

Chair

CTO and VP/GM for Technology Solutions, ARCTOS

Peter Wegner

Peter Wegner

Vice-Chair

CTO, BlackSky
Brad Clevenger

Brad Clevenger

Vice-Chair

Vice President, RocketLab
Rob Black

Rob Black

New Mexico Chamber

Joe Bullington

Joe Bullington

Jacobs

Severin Blenkush

Christos Christodoulou

COSMIAC

Tom Cooley

Tom Cooley

Air Force Research Laboratory

Dale Dekker

Dekker Perich Sabatini

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Scott Erwin

Chief Scientist, AFRL/RV

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Maureen Gannon

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Tom Cooley

Tracy Hartzler

President, CNM

Patricia Knighten-Marquez

Patricia Knighten-Marquez

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Harold Lavender

Harold Lavender

CNM Ingenuity; NM State Investment Council

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Jason Lazich

Virgin Galactic

Jason Lee

Smartcone Technologies

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Kitty Luce

Northrop Grumman

Tom Cooley

Maj Gen Neil McCasland (Ret.)

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Scott McLaughlin

Spaceport America

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Austin Potter

President, PACA

John Richmond

John Richmond

Lockheed Martin Ventures

Carlos Romero

Assistant VPR, New Mexico Tech

Eric Sanchez

Eric Sanchez

Director, NMSU Physical Sciences Lab

Dan Schatzman

Dan Schatzman

SpaceFund; Jaguar Precision Machine

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Industry Forum

The NewSpace Nexus Industry Forum is led and attended by representatives from New Mexico space companies with the goal of supporting the needs of the NM space industry.

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Joe Bullington

Lead

Director, Mission Services Dept at Jacobs Technology
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Patricia Knighten

Lead

Director, Innovation Commercialization

Carol Welsch

Lead

Senior Director, Strategy and Business Development, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

Founding Partners

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