NSSA TEAM

Mr. Steven D. Jacques,

USAF (Ret), Executive Director and Founder, NSSA; Managing Partner, Velos

Steve Jacques, Executive Director and Founder of the National Security Space Association, brings to his role decades of experience in and intimate knowledge of the National Security Space and Intelligence communities. A retired Air Force officer,  Mr. Jacques supported DoD space programs, served as the Secretary of the Air Force’s Congressional Liaison for Space and S&T programs and policies, and served as the Secretary of Defense’s Legislative Liaison for Intelligence, Space, and Airborne Reconnaissance policies and programs. Mr. Jacques is currently a Managing Partner at Velos, where he routinely interacts with space and intelligence leadership in the Executive branch, industry, and Congress. In 2004, Mr. Jacques co-founded the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, preparing him for his role in leading the National Security Space Association as Executive Director.

Joe Dodd, Chair of the NSSA Board of Directors, provides NSSA his valuable leadership and knowledge of national security space. In his current position as VP for Corporate Development at Linquest Corporation, Mr. Dodd understands the value of independent thought and leadership. Mr. Dodd has worked at Linquest, a systems integration and engineering company supporting many government space organizations, since 2011. Prior to joining Linquest, Mr. Dodd served in multiple corporate leadership roles in positions at TASC Inc., the commercial remote sensing industry, Hughes Space & Communications, and the Aerospace Corporation. Mr. Dodd will bring to his position as Chair of NSSA’s Board of Directors his valuable experience as an independent leader in the National Security Space community.

Mr. Joseph K. Dodd,

Chair of the Board, NSSA; Vice President, Corporate Development, Linquest

Chris Williams, Vice President and Chair of the NSSA Moorman Center for Space Studies, provides expert analysis and insight to NSSA. Mr. Williams has held senior positions in the Executive and Legislative branches of government. At the Department of Defense, Mr. Williams served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense, and as acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Mr. Williams also served on various Government advisory boards that advised the Secretary of Defense on national security policy and military strategy matters. Mr. Williams held a series of Leadership and Committee professional staff positions in the United States Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, including National Security Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader, Deputy Staff Director and Budget Director on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee. Mr. Williams will bring to his position great dedication and knowledge of the National Security Space Community.  

Mr. Chris Williams,

Chair, Moorman Center for Space Studies

Mrs. Mandy Vaughn,
Chair, NSSA Education and Workforce Development Center

Mandy Vaughn, Chair of the NSSA Education and Workforce Development Center, brings profound expertise to NSSA. Mrs. Vaughn originally joined Virgin Orbit, VOX Space’s parent company, in 2015, but then led the way to create VOX Space, which provides the national security community of the USA and allied nations with responsive, dedicated, and affordable launch services for small satellites. She also currently serves as a member of the National Space Council’s User Advisory Group. Vaughn, who is an Air Force ROTC graduate, has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Mr. Tylor Cingle,

Manager, Membership

Tylor Cingle, Manager of Membership, heads all membership efforts for NSSA. In this role, Mr. Cingle provides organizational support and membership coordination to the current and future members of NSSA.  Mr. Cingle also works as a Strategy and Government Relations Associate for Velos, where he supports companies in the national security space industry. Mr. Cingle is a graduate of Kent State University with a B.A. in Political Science, concentrating on American Politics and International Relations.  

Mr. Andrew Contillo,

Manager, Communications

Andrew Contillo, Manager of Communications, brings knowledge and experience to NSSA from the Public Relations and Communications world. Currently serving as Public Relations Coordinator for Velos, Mr. Contillo supports all NSSA outreach in regard to communications, public relations, website development, and social media. Mr. Contillo also serves as background support for all virtual meetings and webinars that NSSA hosts via Zoom for Government. As a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and minor in Theatre, Mr. Contillo is well-versed in the various skills and procedures needed to create and maintain a successful Marketing and PR campaign. Mr. Contillo will bring to his position new perspectives that elevate the way NSSA communicates to its members and to the public. 

Mr. Matt McNitt,
Manager, Association Development

Matt McNitt, Manager of Association Development, brings passion for space and a broad understanding of the National Security apparatus. Matt will oversee day-to-day operations as well as strategic initiatives at NSSA. McNitt brings years of Executive Branch and space experience to NSSA. Most recently, McNitt served as a Special Advisor to the NASA Administrator where he managed strategic communications and advised NASA leadership on a range of topics and priorities. Matt is a graduate of American University's School of Public Affairs. Previously, Mr. McNitt served in the White House, managing personnel at National Security agencies including DOD, DHS, and the Intelligence Community.

Ms. Lexie Weikert,

Director, Operations

Lexie Weikert serves as the Director of Operations for NSSA where she
coordinates the logistics and strategic plans for the Association. Lexie is
also currently on staff with Velos, a space and defense consulting firm, as a
Government Relations and Strategy Associate. A recent graduate from George
Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Astronomy &
Astrophysics and minor in History, Lexie’s background is in radio
astronomy, data simulation, and machine learning applications. Previously, she
has researched at the Naval Research Laboratory and presented at the American
Astronomical Society Conference.