Nancy Conrad

Founding chairman

A former teacher, Nancy has become a recognized leader in transformative education, serving as 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, D.C. Nancy has also 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 and currently serves on the board of directors of the Presidential Scholars.


Jack Griem

President of the Board

Jack is a partner at Carter, Ledyard & Milburn LLP. The firm 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. Jack 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


Joe is an independent consultant, who most recently worked as Director at Google Skybox Engineering and Operations. He spent 8 years with NASA, holding positions including Associate Administrator for Space Flight and Director of the Goddard Space Flight Center. He is widely recognized for leading the first servicing mission for the Hubble Space Telescope that corrected the telescope’s flawed optics. Prior to NASA, he spent 17 years with Grumman Aerospace. 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. He currently serves on a number of NASA and NOAA review committees, as well as corporate boards.


Mark Dombroff

Mark is a partner at Dentons, a global law firm, where he concentrates on the aviation 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, including issues involving State, TSA, Homeland Security, Justice and Treasury. Prior to entering private practice in 1985, he spent 15 years with the Department of Justice, where he represented the FAA, all of the military branches, the National Weather Service, the Coast Guard, NASA and 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. He founded The Airline Symposium in January 2007.


Craig Gelfound

Craig is a partner and head of Arent Fox's Intellectual Property Group in Los Angeles, where he leads 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.


Ron Gross

Ron is President and COO at G. Holdings LLC, a New York-based real estate owner, developer and management company. During his tenure, he has been involved in all aspects of several large real estate developments in New York, Philadelphia and in Europe with a current total value of more than $1 billion. Ron is also co-founder and President of The Gross Family Foundation, Inc., which has raised and donated more than $1 million over the years to a variety of local, national and international causes targeting those in need. Through the Foundation, Ron has become personally involved with prominent nonprofit organizations including Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Saint Barnabas Health Care System, Big Apple Circus – Clown Care and others.


Akhil Jariwala

Akhil is the business development manager at ChargePoint, a fast-growing start-up in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides electric vehicle charging solutions to businesses. Prior to ChargePoint, he spent 5 years in the clean tech and consumer mobile app spaces. Akhil is an alumnus from the 2010 Conrad Challenge, where his finalist team from the North Carolina School of Science and Math designed a latticed pod system that generated electricity from wave energy using internally-housed piezoelectric ceramics.


Song K. Jung 

Song is a partner at Dentons and co-chair of the law firm’s U.S. Intellectual Property and Technology practice, where he guides a national team of attorneys and patent agents. His 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. Additionally, he regularly advises clients on Inter Parte Review/Covered Business Method Review and Ex Parte Reexamination. Song has continually been recognized by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine as one of the world's leading practitioners in patent prosecution, licensing and litigation. Before practicing law, he was an electrical engineer at NASA, where he tested electronic components including analog and digital devices, memories and microprocessors for space flight projects.


Dr. Tim Robison

An active general and vascular surgeon in Oklahoma, Tim is also an entrepreneur. He was the vision and developer behind multiple physician-owned imaging centers, radiation centers, and clinics. He also spearheaded 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. Tim continues to actively pursue and launch product innovations in healthcare and oil and gas services technologies. 


Christopher Stott

Chris is the founder, Chairman and CEO of ManSat, one of the world’s leading space regulatory firms. ManSat originated the “SpaceIsle” marketing and branding concept for the Isle of Man within the international space industry. He has worked in the space industry for more than 25 years, as well as spent time in space policy and opposition research in the U.S. and Great Britain. He also serves as a faculty member and co-chair of the School of Management and Business and International Space University. A passionate advocate for space and STEM education, Chris serves on the board for several related nonprofits and other institutions, including the Society of Satellite Professionals International, International Space University (where he also serves on faculty and Co-Chair of the School of Management and Business), Challenger Centers and the United Space School. He was also a founding director of the International Institute of Space Commerce and serves on the Institute’s Board today.


Gwen Griffin

Emeritus Director and Founding Board Member

Gwen is the founder and CEO of Griffin Communications Group, a full-service communications and branding firm serving the global aerospace, energy and manufacturing industries. Her team has worked with industry leaders such as Blue Origin, Boeing, the Coalition for Space Exploration, Virgin Galactic, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Orbital ATK, World View Enterprises, Korn Ferry International’s Energy/Chemicals Practice, CVR Energy, Bodycote, U.S. Zinc and more. 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 is the current chairman of the College of Sciences Dean’s Advisory Counsel at the University of Central Florida.