Meet the Team
Sandra is a Costa Rican-American specialist in electrical engineering and physics and serves as deputy director of the Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters. She worked for 25 years at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on missions such as the mission to Mars MAVEN, and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite GOES-R. Sandra’s profile has been highlighted by UN Women for being a positive example for women, especially youth and children.
Sarah (MS, MPH) is a Canadian and British environmental health scientist and a Lead Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton and the Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters. As the lead for Space Apps programming, she relies on her background in remote sensing, ecology, international relations, and design to guide the Space Apps enterprise to new heights. Sarah is always on the lookout for experiences that complement personal interests in health disparities, environmental and infectious disease, and international development.
Julie is the Space Apps Hackathon Lead and a program analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton working from NASA Headquarters. She grew up in Huntsville, Alabama as part of a NASA family, and she is excited to continue the tradition. Julie specializes in project management and brings a wealth of experience from years of organizing international exchange programs and serving as a professor while pursuing her PhD. She is passionate about education outside of the classroom. With her background in history and the humanities, she plans expand the repertoire of Space Apps challenges for a broader range of participants (starting with the 2020 challenge, "Mission to Planet Earth: A Digital History," which is the first Space Apps challenge to utilize NASA's historical archives).
Shobhana (MD, PhD) serves as the Open Innovation and Community Applications Manager with Earth Science Division’s Applied Sciences Program at NASA Headquarters. She manages crowdsourcing activities to invite talents and experiences outside of the NASA community for the discovery and development of applications of Earth observations for decision-making. She brings to Space Apps her biomedical and scientific expertise, as well as her passion to engage and elevate the brightest and most creative minds around the world who come together to solve problems we face in space and on Earth. Shobhana completed her medical and graduate training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University School of Medicine in the Department of Neurology.
Ajay is a Data Scientist with Booz Allen Hamilton. At NASA , he works with Python and R to develop algorithms and client solutions in the Science Mission Directorate. With a background in Astronomy & Physics, he has conducted research in the Astrophysics Science Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. As part of the Space Apps Global Organizing team out of NASA Headquarters, Ajay is bringing his experience with collegiate hackathons to develop and support the technical framework of NASA Space Apps.
Yasha is an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton with many years of program design and management experience. He comes to NASA from the World Bank where he worked at the Global Partnership for Social Accountability while completing his MBA at Georgetown University. Yasha is a big believer in the power of people coming together to make the world a better place and thus could not be more excited to be a part of the Space Apps community.
Jess is an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and Program Assistant on the Space Apps Global Organizing team where she focuses on communications and outreach. She has worked in the private, public, and non-profit sectors and has experience in marketing, project management, and building long-term relationships with partner organizations. Jess is excited to help grow Space Apps so that more people can join in the event.
Neisan is the Director of Data and Strategic Programs at SecondMuse. He has 10 years of experience implementing data innovation programs with leading development and technology organizations such as Intel, NASA, NYCEDC, UNEP and the World Bank Group. His areas of expertise include big data, corporate strategy, civic tech, entrepreneurship and sustainability. Neisan is passionate about addressing complex development challenges through collaboration, human-centered design, and technology.
Marie is a Project Manager at SecondMuse where she led the creation and implementation of NIST's national hackathon, The Tech to Protect Challenge. She has over 10 years of experience bringing together collaborators to strategically support innovative programming. With a passion for social impact, she has worked across sectors including non-profit, corporate, higher education, and government. Marie manages Global Collaborators, Global Amplification Collaborators, and US expansion for Space Apps 2020.
Chad is a partner at SecondMuse, where he is responsible for strategic programs, marketing, and learning services. As a business professional with 25 years of experience in strategic problem solving, systems design, and learning, Chad strongly believes collaboration is fundamental in addressing complex problems and creating global prosperity. His work at SecondMuse includes strategy and systems, and conceiving, incubating, and scaling innovation initiatives in partnership with public and private sector organizations. He has worked across sectors including corporate strategy, big data, blockchain, entrepreneurship and sustainability.
Ben is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Design at Mindgrub. He has been a member of the Space Apps Global Organizing team since 2015, supporting the development of Space Apps' digital platforms. He appreciates the opportunity to enable tens-of-thousands of participants to collaborate, innovate, and share their work on the challenges set forth each year.
Beth is a Mindgrub Project Manager with a history of website and software development and a passion for rolling out new initiatives. She loves helping teams keep the plates spinning efficiently and prides herself on being the connective communication fiber between all players. She brings industry and event planning knowledge to the Space Apps project. When not working, Beth spends her time writing and making art. This creativity sparks out-of-the-box ideas around process improvement and problem solving. She is passionate about being part of the GO Team and has loved seeing bright individuals come together to solve challenges since the NASA Space Apps COVID-19 event!
Joe is a Software Engineer at Mindgrub and a ten year veteran of front-end and back-end web development. He has experience in everything from large scale enterprise architectures both public and private to small business and non-profit sites. He joined the Space Apps organizing team in 2019 as the lead developer. He is excited to be a part of the team and can not wait to see what solutions the Space Apps community brings to this year's challenges.
Lauren is an Interactive Art Director at Mindgrub where she leads the Emerging Technologies design practice. Lauren was a participant in Space Apps 2014, and has helped design the digital Space Apps experience since 2018.
Sarah is an Interactive Designer at Mindgrub with experience in illustration, branding, user experience, and motion design. She helps brands determine and grow their voice, and she aims to guide users through memorable narratives. Sarah joined the Space Apps team in 2020, excited to help ensure positive digital experiences in such a far-reaching community of innovators. She is eager to discover what Space Apps participants will create amid the newest global challenges.
As a Community Manager at SecondMuse, Bridgette has built and maintained internal and external relationships for ongoing global projects and research initiatives. She has managed and kept global communities active, supported and engaging for a wide audience of contributors. She manages and designs community events, global communications, and mentorship programs. She is passionate about connecting and supporting communities, and her work in solving complex global problems. She is the Community Manager for NASA Space Apps Challenge where she is the main point of contact for all Space Apps Local Leads. She provides them guidance, support, and resources for their local communities.
Ashlynn is an Associate at SecondMuse where she assists the communications strategy of Space Apps. She has a background in strategic communications, PR, social management and content creation. Her passions are focused on diversity, inclusion and social impact. She has DI experiences across the nation and world, from representing Hawaii’s social impact in Japan and education leadership at Harvard Business School. She strives to empower underrepresented communities in education, opportunity and leadership. She hopes to bring her passions to the Space Apps community, bringing people together and solving challenges that impact the world.
Toni is an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton and Program Assistant on the Space Apps Global Organizing Team. She is experienced in strategic communications, media relations and program management across sectors including manufacturing, non-profit, technology and government. Toni is passionate about empowering innovators in the transformation of their ideas into viable pieces of technology, startups and other entrepreneurial endeavors. As a former local lead of Main Stage events in Huntsville, Alabama, she looks forward to supporting Space Apps' continued growth.
Akash is an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton with several years of experience in leading IT systems projects. He has a background in Finance & Accounting and Agile Project Management. He supported multiple organizations within the U.S. Navy and NASA to automate business processes through digital solutions. As part of the Space Apps Global Organizing team, Akash is bringing his experience in IT Systems and Project Management to continually innovate web platforms and improve business processes to provide a better user experience.
Reese is a Data Visualization Specialist at Booz Allen Hamilton and the Universal Event Local Lead for Space Apps 2021. In addition to his work with Space Apps, he also performs data analysis and makes data visualizations in VBA and R for NASA’s Human Exploration & Operations and Earth Science Mission Directorates. Prior to joining the Space Apps team, he conducted research in education economics at Occidental College. Reese is a huge believer in citizen science, and is excited to contribute to the Space Apps project.
Simone is the Senior Manager of Program Communications & Marketing at SecondMuse where she is responsible for collaborating with teams to create marketing and communications strategies that support their efforts. She draws on her experience in the development and execution of successful campaigns for niche and mass-market brands. With a passion for social impact, Simone prides herself in community building. She is excited to further build the Space Apps channels to help encourage collaboration and connection for all those involved.