California Space Authority Adds New Voices from Labor, Business

California Space Authority


As the California Space Authority (CSA) enters the New Year, it is pleased to welcome new members to its Board of Directors, including a voice from labor and additional voices from business. Also being seated will be a new Liaison from the US Navy.

“Our board members are excellent representatives of the space enterprise community,” stated Andrea Seastrand, Executive Director of CSA. “We have a well balanced complement of all space enterprise perspectives from throughout the state.”

Joining the Board for 2010 are Dan White, President of COM DEV USA, a space-based national security software development company; Michael Pitts, Vice President, Commercial Wealth Management at Santa Barbara Bank and Trust; and Tim Bennett, Business Representative, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 413. Bennett is also the current President of the Board of Trustees for Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria and brings to CSA an awareness of apprenticeship programs and an appreciation of career technical education.

“I have been watching the progress and development of the California Space Authority for many years, and I am thrilled and proud to become a part of the Board,” stated Bennett. Of particular interest to him is CSA’s effort to develop the California Space Center at Vandenberg AFB. “I am excited to play a role in the development of this center and look forward to bringing greater awareness of this project.”

In addition, Dr. Clifton Philips, Assistant Program Executive Officer for Engineering at the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) will serve as a Liaison to the Board from SPAWAR.

Board members are chosen from Northern, Central and Southern California. Terms are for three years, but are staggered to ensure continuity between elections. The full Board consists of twenty-seven members who represent a broad cross-section of California’s diverse space enterprise community. In addition, various government liaison members are asked to participate and monitor our activities.

For a complete listing of the full members of the 2010 Board of Directors, including information regarding their existing organizations, please go to: