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Executive Director

Mark Brender

Executive Director, GeoEye Foundation

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Mark Brender is the executive director of the GeoEye Foundation and manages all facets of the foundation's affairs. He has held this position since GeoEye established its foundation in March 2007. From January 2006 until October 2010, he also served as the vice president of Communications for GeoEye.

Prior to joining GeoEye in January 2006, he was the vice president of Communications and Washington Operations at Space Imaging.

Mr. Brender has more than 25 years of experience in public affairs, broadcast journalism, government relations, business and the military.

In 1998, prior to joining Space Imaging, Mr. Brender was a broadcast journalist for ABC News, spending 16 years at the network as an assignment editor, national security editorial producer and radio correspondent. Before his ABC career, he served in the U.S. Navy as a public affairs officer and is a retired Naval Reserve commander. As a naval officer, he also served as a White House Military Social Aide to the President of the United States.

Mr. Brender began writing and speaking about high-resolution commercial Earth observation as early as 1985 when he established the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) Remote Sensing Task Force. The task force helped clear the way for high-resolution imagery to move from the defense and intelligence sector to the commercial sector.

Mr. Brender has an undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio and a Master's degree in Public Relations from the School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C. He serves on the Board of Advisors of Virginia-based Thermopylae Science & Technology and California-based Tomnod, Inc.

Foundation Board of Directors

Nancy Colleton

President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

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Ms. Nancy Colleton is an internationally known and respected leader in advancing environmental information capabilities and services—primarily Earth observations—and highlighting its critical role in responding to global challenges such as climate change. As President of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization located in Arlington, Virginia, Ms. Colleton spearheads a wide variety of communication, education, outreach and policy activities.

In addition to serving on the GeoEye Foundation Board of Directors, Ms. Colleton leads the Alliance for Earth Observations—an informal confederation of industry, academic, and nongovernmental organizations that promotes the private sector’s involvement in the development, use, and integration of Earth observations; is a member, Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences in the Next Decade, National Research Council; co-chairs the Environmental Information Services Working Group (EISWG) of the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB); and is the Deputy Chair at International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Commission on Education and Communication (CEC).

Michele R. WeslanderQuaid

Chief Technology Officer, Google (Federal)

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Ms. WeslanderQuaid is the Chief Technology Officer (Federal) and an innovation evangelist for Google. Throughout her career, Ms. WeslanderQuaid has taken on the challenge of creating start ups and transforming existing businesses in both industry and government. Through her successes, she has been recognized and sought after as a leader of change and innovation. Prior to joining Google on 4 April 2011, Ms. WeslanderQuaid's work experience included nearly 20 years in the national security community, to include over a decade in industry as an Image Scientist and Chief Engineer, before being asked to join the US Government in 2002 in various transformational roles to include CTO, CIO, and other senior executive positions.

Ms. WeslanderQuaid earned a B.S. in Physics and Engineering Science with honors from Seattle Pacific University, and a M.S. in Optics from the University of Rochester. She is a graduate of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government program for Senior Managers in Government and a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff CAPSTONE Fellow. In 2001, she was awarded the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation for her collaborative efforts on a multi-agency and military team, and in 2005 she was personally awarded the NGA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.

Dr. Thomas Snitch

President of Little Falls Associates, Inc.

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Dr. Thomas Snitch is President of Little Falls Associates, Inc, a consulting firm specializing in solving complex scientific and technological challenges in Asia. Before starting LFA, he served as Senior Staff Director of The National Academy of Sciences. From 1981-87, Dr. Snitch was Senior Advisor for Nuclear and Weapons Control Policy at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

Prior to joining ACDA, Dr. Snitch was Assistant Professor of International Politics and Director of U.S. Foreign Policy Programs at The America University. He holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from Bowling Green State University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at The School of International Service at The American University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Snitch is an Executive Officer of the UN's Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System. In addition, he serves on the Board of the Asian Division at the U.S. Library of Congress, as an advisor on Asian Affairs at the National Defense University, and as a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of Computing, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland.