Our Board

 
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Nicole Cabrera Salazar

Nicole E. Cabrera Salazar was born in Santiago, Chile and grew up in Miami, Florida. She is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Chateaubriand Research Fellowship from the Embassy of France. Both awards allowed Dr. Cabrera Salazar to pursue international research for her doctoral dissertation, “Fundamental Properties, Activity, and Planet-Hosting Potential of Young Suns Near Earth,” which she successfully defended in 2016.

As a consultant for equity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Dr. Cabrera Salazar believes that all people should have equal access to science regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status. She has spoken about these issues on platforms such as the Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast, Vanguard: Conversations with Women of Color in STEM, and TEDxGeorgiaStateU. She has also written about subjects that disproportionally affect marginalized people such as depression and sexual harassment.

 
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Ingrid LaFleur

Ingrid LaFleur is a curator, pleasure activist and Afrofuturist. Her mission is to ensure equal distribution of the future, exploring the frontiers of social justice through new technologies, economies and modes of government.

As a recent Detroit Mayoral candidate and founder and director of AFROTOPIA, LaFleur implements Afrofuturist strategies to empower Black bodies and oppressed communities through frameworks such as blockchain and universal basic income. Ingrid LaFleur is currently the co-founder and Chief Community Officer of EOS Detroit.

As a thought leader, social justice technologist, public speaker, teacher and cultural advisor she has led conversations and workshops at Centre Pompidou (Paris), TEDxBrooklyn, TEDxDetroit, Ideas City, New Museum (New York), AfroTech Conference, Harvard University and Oxford University, among others. LaFleur serves on the board of JustSpace Alliance, Powerhouse Productions, and the Cooley ReUse Project.

LaFleur is based in Detroit, Michigan.

 
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Chris Newman

Christopher J. Newman, BA(Hons), PhD is Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University at Newcastle in the United Kingdom. He is active in the teaching and research of space law and has published extensively on the legal and ethical underpinnings of space governance. Christopher is regularly invited to lecture in universities and at specialist conferences on space law and policy across the UK and internationally.

Christopher graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in History with English and American Studies. After working in the Metropolitan Police, he studied at Northumbria University for his Postgraduate Diploma in Law (CPE) and his Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) and secured a training contract in a small high street firm of Solicitors in Hartlepool. Christopher left legal practice in 2004 and joined the University of Sunderland where he obtained his PhD in Cross-Comparative Public Order Law in 2011, becoming Reader in Law in 2013.

 
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Amanda Nguyen

Amanda iNguyen s the CEO and founder of Rise, a national nonprofit working to implement a Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights. After Nguyen’s rape kit was on the verge of destruction after only six months of retention, she decided to create a Sexual Assault Bill of Rights, not just for her own circumstances, but for the over 25 million survivors across the country who face the daunting, confusing and broken justice system after an assault. Rise, under Nguyen’s leadership, wrote and unanimously passed through the U.S. Congress–in only seven months–the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights, which was signed into law last October by President Obama. The Rise movement is now active in 38 states and four countries (the United States, Japan, Mexico, and Canada). In addition to the U.S. federal law, Rise has passed similar legislation in multiple states (Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington).

Amanda’s start in public service began at NASA headquarters in the Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Communications and Chief Technologist teams where she worked on the last space shuttle launch, public-private partnerships, and the Asteroid Redirect Grand Challenge Mission. Previously, Amanda held several roles during the Obama Administration including the was the Deputy White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of State. Before this role, she served in the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons as a speechwriter. She also held roles at the Obama White House in the Office of Public Engagement and the Chief of Staff’s office, at Morgan Stanley in public finance investment banking, and at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Center as an Origins of Life fellow analyzing the Kepler exoplanet mission.

During college, Amanda created the first student-written course on modern slavery and co-founded Wema Children, an orphanage in Kenya. Amanda graduated from Harvard University in 2013.

 
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Michael Oman-Reagan

Michael Paul Oman-Reagan is an anthropologist, artist, and activist. His research looks at how we imagine futures in space and how space science and exploration can help us imagine and build better futures on Earth, in our solar system, and beyond. He works with astronomers, astrobiologists, interstellar travel organizations, and the SETI community, and has published his research in the International Journal of Astrobiology, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Critical Quarterly, and Futures. To build new collaborative networks and do public outreach, Michael organizes panels on the anthropology of space and writes for The Conversation, Scientific American, and Cultural Anthropology online. As a columnist for the Wenner-Gren Foundation’s SAPIENS, he introduced readers to how the anthropology of outer space can help us think about the ethical issues of science, exploration, settlement, astrobiology, and SETI in terms of social justice.

Michael grew up stargazing and imagining futures, in awe of the Milky Way’s visible galactic plane under the dark skies of rural Eastern Oregon. After working as an artist and curator he completed his B.A. in Anthropology, Religion, and the Thomas Hunter Honors Program at Hunter College, CUNY. He was chosen as a Critical Languages Scholar by the U.S. Department of State and earned his M.A. in anthropology from Hunter College based on his ethnographic work with transnational Indonesian activists and the Occupy movement. He received the “Movers and Shakers Advocate” award from Library Journal for co-founding the Occupy Wall Street library. As an award recipient from the prestigious Vanier CGS and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Michael has conducted ethnographic and collaborative fieldwork with interdisciplinary space science communities in the US and Canada. He is currently a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Memorial University, and an affiliate with the University of Victoria in British Columbia. He also serves as a member of the advisory board for METI International, and has advised presidential campaigns on space policy.