Dr. Dianne Poster provides more than two decades of technical experience in research and development for measurements, standards, technology, and data at the United States (U.S.) Department of Commerce (DOC) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her portfolio has included innovative developments in radiation physics and chemistry, materials engineering, and optical, dimensional and chemical metrology. Her most recent work supports the U.S. DOC National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service, Office of Space Commerce promoting U.S. space commerce through international technical standards development and innovation in space communications, data, and cybersecurity. Previously, as the deputy associate director for technology and environmental policy at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Dr. Poster administered the environmental federal regulatory portfolio and advised on policy and strategy issues related to protecting the environment. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed technical journal articles, reviews, and reports. Her awards include the International Ultraviolet Association special award for the advancement of ultraviolet technology and the NIST chemical science and technology technical achievement award for standard reference material development
Nick Reese is the Deputy Director for Emerging Technology Policy in the Office of Cyber, Infrastructure, Risk, and Resilience Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He focuses on critical policy issues related to artificial intelligence, quantum information science, smart cities, space, and cybersecurity.
As the founding manager of a new policy team at DHS, Nick created the policy priorities, external engagement strategy, and the geopolitical framework through which emerging technology policy decisions are made. He advises senior DHS and White House officials on the implications of new and emerging technologies in connection with departmental and Administration priorities. Nick is the author the Department’s first Artificial Intelligence Strategy, laying out concrete goals and objectives to position DHS as a leader in the trustworthy use of AI. Nick led DHS’s policy efforts on preparing for the transition to post-quantum cryptography authoring an internal DHS policy and external roadmap for private sector partners. As a result, DHS is leading the US government’s engagement on post-quantum cryptography and the steps created in the DHS roadmap form the basis of upcoming White House Executive action on the topic. He is the author of the updated DHS Space Policy and was the primary DHS staff representative to the National Space Council.
Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Reese spent six years in the U.S. Intelligence Community focusing on counternarcotics and counterterrorism operations holding various operational and management positions including the Chief of Counternarcotics Operations for Africa and Afghanistan. He also spent nine years serving in the military with combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Joint Task Force Lebanon.
Brooks Cressman has been a Senior Advisor on Remote Sensing to the Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs (CRSRA) office at NOAA since 2019. An employee of the Aerospace Corporation, he has an Electrical Engineering degree and MBA, and extensive experience in spectrum management and policy, airborne radar, and satellite digital communications.
Mr. Jason Y. Kim is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Space Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. He promotes the interests of the U.S. commercial space industry and user community during the development and implementation of national space policies and strategies. Specific areas of involvement include the Global Positioning System (GPS), export controls and regulatory streamlining, and NOAA use of commercial space services. He also supports the Secretary of Commerce’s role on the National Space Council.
As of May 2022, Mr. Kim is on temporary assignment to the State Department’s Office of Space Affairs. In that role, he is engaged in promoting the peaceful uses of outer space for civilian scientific and commercial purposes, diplomacy related to space applications, and building coalitions of spacefaring nations for safe and responsible space exploration and utilization.
Mark Mulholland is the Principal Systems Engineer, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Space Commerce, MITRE. He has held a wide range of satellite acquisition and space operations jobs dating back to 1976. He has had careers in the U.S. Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He is currently a MITRE employee working as a consultant to the Director and staff of the Office of Space Commerce in the U.S. Department of Commerce in his MITRE role as the Principal Systems Engineer for Space Commerce. He has acquired 45 years of government, international and private-sector experience in satellite design, acquisition, launch, on-orbit operations, and systems engineering for national security, civil and commercial space and ground programs. He joined the OSC team in September 2019.
Mr. Mulholland was a civil servant in the NOAA Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS) from 2006-2018. He was the Director of the Policies, Procedures, and System Assurance Division in the Office of Systems Architecture and Advance Planning (OSAAP) until retirement in January 2018. He organized the first-ever NESDIS enterprise risk management structure. He was the subject matter expert for the 2014 Export Control Reform initiative, helping to secure significant export control reforms for civil and commercial satellite systems. For ten years, he was the NESDIS member of the United States delegation to the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) and worked on the Long-term Sustainability Working Group developing guidelines and best practices for safe space operations. Earlier, Mr. Mulholland served as the acting Deputy System Program Director for the GOES-R satellite program and as the GOES-R Program Executive to the NESDIS Assistant Administrator. He was the primary subject matter expert for all aspects of space flight safety and participated as the NOAA representative on numerous interagency and international working groups.
Before NOAA, Mr. Mulholland was a division chief in the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Ground Based Midcourse Program Office in the Missile Defense Agency and in the private sector for Ball Aerospace Corporation managing a systems engineering effort for the joint MDA-Russian Russian-American Observation System (RAMOS) satellite program.
Mr. Mulholland served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in October 1998. During his career, he worked in various elements of the national security space program including 13 years in the National Reconnaissance Office . He established the NRO’s first 24/7 space situational awareness center, known today as the NRO Operations Center (NROC).
Mr. Mulholland earned a BS in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Mr. Mulholland attended the Leadership in the 21st Centurycourse at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a member of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the Air Force Association and the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He serves on the AMS Committee on Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology
Matthew Scholl is the Chief of the Computer Security Division in the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His responsibilities include cryptographic standards used by the US Government and internationally, Cybersecurity Research and Development at NIST, and Cybersecurity Standards and Guidelines for Federal Agency Security Programs. He also leads NIST participation with Cybersecurity National and Internationals Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and associated conformance testing programs.
Mr. Scholl has a Masters in Information Systems from the University Of Maryland and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Richmond. He is a US Army veteran and currently has over 20 years of federal service.
Olivia Volkoff is a Policy Advisor at the Department of Commerce in the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning. Prior to Commerce, Olivia spent several years in investment banking working on a range of strategic initiatives including M&A, restructurings, and capital raises. Previously, Olivia served on active duty as a U.S. Naval officer at Naval Reactors Headquarters. During this time, she worked as an engineer on submarine and aircraft carrier design, construction, and maintenance and later as the Director of Public Affairs for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. Olivia received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She also holds an AB in Engineering Sciences from Harvard College and an M. Eng. in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State University.