Stephanie Bednarek is the Director of Commercial Sales at SpaceX. She oversees the company’s relationships with customers and satellite manufacturers in North and South America. Previously, Stephanie was the Government Affairs Manager where she managed executive branch, legislative, state and federal agency affairs related to SpaceX’s civil space activities including strategy, policy development, and research.
Prior to starting at SpaceX in 2008, Stephanie held positions at the George Washington University Space Policy Institute, Space Foundation, Space Studies Board at the National Research Council, Aerospace Industries Association, and Orbital Sciences Corp.
Stephanie is on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Space and Satellite Professionals International and a mentor for the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program. Previously, Stephanie has served on the Board of Directors for the American Astronautical Society, National Space Society and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. Her other volunteer positions include serving as the Public Policy Chair of the AIAA National Capital Section, the Vice President of Programs for Women in Aerospace, and the Commercial Space Chair of the Aerospace Industries Association.
Stephanie received a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in science and technology policy from George Washington University. She also studied at the International Space University.