Board & Executive Staff


Board of Directors

2017 General Assembly Legislation for the Space Flight Authority states the Authority shall be governed by a board of directors consisting of nine members, two of whom shall be the Secretary of Transportation and the Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation or their respective designees.  The remaining seven members shall be appointed by the Governor and shall have experience in at least one of the following fields:  (i) the aerospace industry, (ii) the financial industry, (iii) the marketing industry, (iv) scientific and technological research and development; or (v) higher education.   

Chair
Jeff M. Bingham

Vice-Chair
 Jim McArthur

Secretary
Linda Thomas-Glover

Ex-Officio Directors

Secretary of Transportation, Commonwealth of Virginia
W. Sheppard Miller, III

Director, Department of Aviation
Greg Campbell

Appointed Directors

Edward Bolton, Jr.
John R. Broderick
Morris Foster
Robert Kehler
James (Jim) D. McArthur, Jr.
Kathryn Thornton
 

Executive Staff

CEO and Executive Director
Ted Mercer

Roosevelt “Ted” Mercer, Jr., Major General, USAF (Ret.), is CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority.

Prior to joining Virginia Space, Mr. Mercer was the director of the NextGen Office of Collaboration and Messaging at the Federal Aviation Administration. He provided high-level leadership by managing and building relationships with NextGen stakeholders, including the aviation community and federal agencies. Mr. Mercer oversaw communication and outreach activities, including NextGen performance reporting. His organization supported the governance of the NextGen Executive Board, the NextGen Management Board, the NextGen Executive Weather Panel, and the NextGen Advisory Committee, managed interagency NextGen issues and coordinated the Office of NextGen’s international program to support global NextGen harmonization.


Prior to joining the FAA in April 2016, Mr. Mercer served as the Vice President and Director for Government Commercial & International Initiatives Geospatial Systems, a division of ITT Exelis, where he was responsible for government and industry partnerships as well as worldwide international initiatives.
Mr. Mercer served in the United States Air Force (USAF) for more than 32 years (retired January 1, 2008), most recently as Director of Plans and Policy for U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base (AFB) Nebraska. He was responsible for the development and implementation of national security policy, military strategy, space and weapons employment concepts and policy, and joint doctrine as it applied to the command and execution of its missions. Mr. Mercer was also responsible for the development of the nation’s strategic war plan, strategic support plans for theater combatant commanders, and contingency planning for the Global Strike mission.


Mr. Mercer has held Air Force command seven times from the squadron to the wing level. His many USAF assignments include Commander, 45th Logistics Group, Patrick AFB, FL; Commander 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, CA; Commander, 81st Training Wing, Biloxi, MS; Commander 91 Operations Group, Minot, N.D.; Vice Director of Plans, U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado; Deputy Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO; and Commandant, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk, VA.


Entering the USAF in 1975, Mr. Mercer was a distinguished graduate of the University of Puget Sound’s ROTC program. His educational credentials include a BA in urban planning from the University of Puget Sound; MS in counseling from the University of Oklahoma; post-graduate Executive Programs at Syracuse University, National Defense University, and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; and a concentrated Executive Financial Development Program at the Wharton School of Business.

Mr. Mercer is the Vice Chairman of the board, National Strategic Research Institute for the University of Nebraska; Chairman of the Military Advisory Board of Directors for Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE; member of the Board of Trustees for the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY; and a member of the National Association of Governing Boards.

 

COO and Deputy Executive Director
Sean Mulligan

Sean Mulligan is the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (Virginia Space). As a political subdivision of the commonwealth, Virginia Space owns and operates the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), collocated as a tenant organization of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. In his current role, Sean works closely with the Executive Director, the Executive Committee, and the Board to manage the organization, grow the business, and pursue the strategic goals of Virginia Space.

Mr. Mulligan began his career at MARS as one of the original engineers to design, build and test the Pad-0A launch facility for Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket. He then served as the Director of MARS from 2012 through 2021, overseeing a transformation and increase of Spaceport capability, and supporting seventeen launch operations for Virginia Space. As Director, Mr. Mulligan led the Spaceport through the development and construction of the Payload Processing Facility, the Unmanned Aerial Systems Airfield, and Pad-0C (Launch Complex-2) and the Integration and Control Facility (ICF) for Virginia’s newest launch customer, Rocket Lab.

Mr. Mulligan has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Mr. Mulligan is married with two children and enjoys coaching both of his sons’ Little League and basketball teams.

Director of Finance and Contracting
David Bruce

Director of Business Development
Thomas Shearer

 

VCSFA Board Meeting Minutes