Ibadan, 15 September 2023. – Slingshot Aerospace, Inc., a space data and tracking company dedicated to improving spaceflight safety and optimizing orbital operations, have announced that former White House space policy official Audrey Schaffer has been named Slingshot’s Vice President of Strategy and Policy. Schaffer brings more than 15 years of experience in policy and strategy leadership for the U.S. Government, including at the White House National Security Council (NSC), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Department of State, and NASA.
In addition, Schaffer joins Slingshot from the White House’s NSC, the principal forum for national security and foreign policy decision-making in the United States, where she served as Director for Space Policy. As the lead for national security space policy matters within the Executive Office of the President and lead for space policy on the National Security Council staff, she advised the U.S. President, Vice President, and National Security Advisor on military, intelligence, civil, and commercial space policies and strategies.
Leslie Hildebrand, the Senior Vice President of Government Business Development and Strategy Slingshot Aerospace, stated, “Audrey’s career achievements have been pivotal in shaping national and international space activities, and we’re proud to have her join the Slingshot team,” Leslie Hildebrand further stated, “Her extensive experience in national security space and space policy uniquely qualifies her to advance Slingshot’s vision of accelerating space sustainability.”
In her prior role in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Schaffer led DoD efforts to establish in law the United States Space Force (USSF) as the sixth branch of the armed forces. In addition, Schaffer led a government-industry team that represented the United States in negotiating the first-ever United Nations (UN) guidelines for space sustainability.