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Board of Directors

Our volunteer Board of Directors is responsible for governing and setting The Planetary Society's policies and future directions. They are all leaders, chosen for their passion about and knowledge of space exploration.

The Society presently has 13 board members (more or fewer are permitted by charter) elected yearly by their peers.  The Board normally meets twice per year.  It has a Chairman, President, and Vice President and an Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee consists of the three officers:  Jim Bell, Louis Friedman, Heidi Hammel; the Board Chair, Dan Geraci, and CEO Bill Nye.

Nominations are sought and considered periodically from a variety of sources, including from members of the Board and Advisory Council, Society Members, staff, and experts in the space community.

Jim Bell

President of the Board of Directors
Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration Arizona State University

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Louis D. Friedman

Board of Directors
Co-Founder, and Executive Director Emeritus The Planetary Society

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Daniel T. Geraci

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Founder & co-CEO, EF Hutton Holdings Canada

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Heidi Hammel

Vice President of the Board of Directors
Executive Vice President of AURA, Inc

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G. Scott Hubbard

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Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

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Lon Levin

Treasurer of the Board of Directors
President, SkySevenVentures

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Alexis C. Livanos

Board of Directors
Corporate Vice President and President Space Technology Northrop Grumman Corporation, Retired

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John M. Logsdon

Board of Directors
John M. Logsdon, Board of Directors, The Planetary Society Professor Emeritus, Space Policy Institute The George Washington University

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Bijal (Bee) Thakore

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Regional Coordinator for Asia Pacific, Space Generation Advisory Council

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Board of Directors
Astrophysicist and Director, Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History

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Fillmore Wood

Board of Directors
Former Vice President and Regional Managing Counsel of BP, Retired

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