Conrad Foundation Board of Directors


Nancy Conrad, Founder & Chairman

Nancy Conrad created the Conrad Foundation in 2008 to energize and engage students in science and technology through unique entrepreneurial opportunities. The organization’s flagship program, the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge, is a global competition challenging students to combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship to create products that address real-world challenges and global sustainability. By enabling young minds to connect education, innovation and entrepreneurship, the Foundation helps provide a bold platform for enriching the innovative workforce of the future

Ms. Conrad has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences. Her presentations include TED Long Beach, the Legatum Institute at MIT, and, at the invitation of HM King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz, she spoke at the Global Competiveness Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She also presented at the Global Diversity Leadership Conference at Harvard University and the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition conference in Washington, DC. As a leader in transformative education, she has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology detailing how the Conrad Foundation exemplifies the use of partnership and mentorship to improve STEM education. She has been named one of the top 100 leaders in STEM Education. Ms. Conrad serves on the Board of Directors of the Presidential Scholars.

Jack Griem

Jack Griem, Board President

Partner, Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

Jack Griem has been on the Board since 2010, and also provides pro bono legal advice to the Foundation.  His practice at Carter, Ledyard specializes in intellectual property litigation, particularly patent litigation, as well as trade secret protection, license and technology agreements, strategic portfolio development, and intellectual property issues arising in corporate and finance transactions. He also advises clients on trademark matters, including litigation seeking preliminary injunctions, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office proceedings, and prosecution to obtain federal registration. 

Mr. Griem also serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching “Biotechnology and the Law” at his alma mater, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.

Joe Rothenberg, Board Treasurer

Joe Rothenberg, Board Treasurer

Director, Google Skybox Engineering and Operations

Joe Rothenberg is an Independent Consultant. He currently serves on a number of NASA and NOAA review committees, and Corporate Boards. He is the Conrad Foundation Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors. From 2002 until 2009 he served as a member of the Board of Directors and President of Universal Space Network Inc. Joe retired from NASA in 2001 as the Associate Administrator for Space Flight and from 1995 until 1998, he served as Director of the Goddard Space Flight Center. He joined NASA in 1993 and is widely recognized for leading the first servicing mission for the Hubble Space Telescope that corrected the telescope’s flawed optics.

Prior to joining NASA he spent 17 years with Grumman Aerospace. Joe has a BS in Engineering and Physics and an MS in Engineering Management from CW Post College and was awarded Honorary Doctorate’s from Stevens Institute of Technology and CW Post College.  He has received numerous Senior Executive Service Presidential, NASA, National and International professional awards. Joe is a lifetime Associate Member of the National Research Council, and was inducted into the Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureates Hall of Fame in 1997. Joe‘s home is in Darnestown, Maryland with his wife Fran of 50 years and close to his 6 grandchildren.

Akhil Jariwala

Business Development Manager, ChargePoint

Akhil is an alumnus from the 2010 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge. He participated as a finalist from the North Carolina School of Science and Math, where his team designed a latticed pod system that generated electricity from wave energy using internally-housed piezoelectric ceramics. Today, Akhil lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he works in business development at ChargePoint, a fast-growing startup that provides electric vehicle charging solutions to businesses. Prior to ChargePoint, Akhil spent 5 years in the clean tech and consumer mobile app spaces. Akhil graduated from University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 2014 with a degree in Business and Environmental Studies.

Dr. Tim Robison


Dr. Tim Robison is an active general and vascular surgeon in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  He is an entrepreneur.  Dr. Robison was the vision and developer behind multiple physician-owned Imaging centers, Radiation centers, and clinics, and a physician-owned and operated rural 45 bed hospital, which was the first Leed/Energy star certified hospital in the United States.  He has been active in commercial and real estate development in Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona.  He continues to actively pursue and bring to market product innovations in healthcare and oil and gas services technologies.  

Mark Dombroff

Mark Dombroff

Partner, Dentons 

Mark concentrates his practice on the aviation industry, including litigation, regulatory, administrative and enforcement matters, security, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigations and employee related issues. Mark started his legal career as a Trial Attorney with the Office of the General Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): He then moved to the Aviation Unit of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Over his 15 year career with the DOJ, he represented the FAA, all of the military services, the National Weather Service, the Coast Guard, NASA and all other government related aviation activities. For his last five years with DOJ, he was the Director of the Civil Division responsible for three offices, 100 lawyers and all aviation and admiralty matters both worldwide and involving the United States.

Mark entered private practice in 1985, where he focuses his practice on the aviation and transportation industry. He has counseled and guided numerous airlines and aviation and other companies through accident/incident investigations, FAA investigations and civil litigation. Mark also handles numerous safety, enforcement and regulatory matters before the FAA/NTSB and other administrative agencies, whether arising from accidents or as independent matters. This includes matters involving not only the FAA and NTSB, but many issues involving State, TSA, Homeland Security, Justice and Treasury. Mark founded The Airline Symposium in January 2007, which had over 130 attendees from all segments of the aviation industry. It addressed what really happens after an accident and was recognition of the fact that with the safety history of the industry, there was virtually no experience base in the companies with what happens after an accident. That program, now in its 8th consecutive year, is the only one of its kind in the aviation industry.

Ron Gross

Ron Gross

President, Gross Family Foundation

Mr. Gross currently serves in the capacity of President and Chief Operating Officer of G. Holdings LLC, a New York based real estate owner, developer and management company.   He has been with the company for 18 years and during that time has had significant experience in the areas of finance, construction project management, real estate development and financial analysis of potential property acquisitions and developments.  Mr. Gross has been involved in all aspects of several large real estate developments with a current total value of over a billion dollars in New York City, Philadelphia and Europe.

Mr. Gross is a co-founder of The Gross Family Foundation, Inc.  The Foundation, through a variety of creative endeavors and licensing, has raised and donated over $1,000,000 over the years to a variety of local, national and international causes.  The Foundation’s main focus has always been to directly help those in need.  Through these efforts, Mr. Gross has become personally involved with such non-profit organizations such as Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Saint Barnabas Health Care System, Big Apple Circus – Clown Care and others.

Chris Stott

Chris Stott 

Chairman & CEO, ManSat

Christopher Stott is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ManSat, one of the world;s leading space regulatory firms, and originator of the SpaceIsle marketing and branding concept for the Isle of Man in the international space industry. Chris brings over a quarter of a century of experience in the space industry working with some of the industry’s largest companies and working in space policy and opposition research in both British and US politics before his time with industry.

Chris has a passion for space and STEM education and in support of his work with ManSat serves with the Boards of a number of industry based not for profits focused on this area within the space industry including the Conrad Foundation, Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), the International Space University where he also serves on faculty and Co-Chair of the School of Management and Business, the Challenger Centers, and the United Space School.  Chris was also a founding director of the International Institute of Space Commerce and serves on the Institute’s Board today.


Craig Gelfound

Partner, Arent Fox's Intellectual Property Group

Craig Gelfound is the head of Arent Fox's Intellectual Property Group in the Los Angeles office, leading more than 30 intellectual property attorneys and legal professionals. Under Craig's leadership, the Intellectual Property Group was ranked nationally by Chambers USA in 2013 and recognized as the best in the country for client service. Additionally, Craig has been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 25 Intellectual Property attorneys in California. Craig has also been recognized as an Intellectual Property "Super Lawyer" by California Super Lawyer Magazine and selected to appear in the second edition of IP Stars from Managing IP (MIP) Magazine.

Song K. Jung

Partner, Dentons

Song is co-chair of Dentons' US Intellectual Property and Technology practice and guides a national team of attorneys and patent agents. Mr. Jung's practice covers all aspects of patent law, including patent prosecution, litigation, validity and infringement opinions, licensing, technology transfer, patent acquisitions, and settlement negotiations. He has counseled clients through numerous intellectual property litigation matters covering a wide range of technologies and industries in national and international jurisdictions, including matters that have resulted in some of the top verdicts in recent years.  Additionally, he regularly advises clients on Inter Parte Review/Covered Business Method Review and Ex Parte Reexamination.

Mr. Jung has continually been recognized in the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine's IAM Patent 1000 listing from its inception as one of the world's leading patent practitioners in the area of patent prosecution. In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Jung was recognized in all three categories – licensing, litigation and prosecution. Before practicing law, Mr. Jung was an electrical engineer at NASA, where he tested electronic components including analog and digital devices, memories and microprocessors for space flight projects.

Emeritus director


CEO, Griffin Communications Group

Gwen is the President and CEO of Griffin Communications Group, a full-service strategic communications and branding firm serving the global aerospace, energy and manufacturing industries. An entrepreneur for the past 17 years, Griffin’s team works with industry leaders such as the Coalition for Space Exploration, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Korn Ferry International’s Energy/Chemicals Practice, CVR Energy, Bodycote and U.S. Zinc. Earlier in her career she held positions such as Director of Marketing for NASA-Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Public Relations/Promotions Manager for Space Center Houston NASA’s visitor complex at the Johnson Space Center, and Area Marketing Manager for Southwest Airlines.

Gwen focuses her volunteer time supporting workforce development and STEM education. She serves on the executive committee of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, the Space Center Houston board of directors, and the College of Sciences Dean’s Advisory Counsel at the University of Central Florida.