Walda W. Roseman
Ms. Roseman is CEO of CompassRose International, an international advisory firm that she established in 1993 and led until she joined the Internet Society in 2011. At the Internet Society she served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategic Communication Officer. Ms. Roseman founded the first international communications office of the Federal Communications Commission. She held executive positions with Intelsat, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; National Public Radio; and the former White House Office ofTelecommunications Policy.
Ms. Roseman is active on the boards of a number of professional, non-profit and academic organizations, including serving as Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.
Charles G. Schott
Mr. Schott serves as a Senior Advisor at the Center for Financial Stability (CFS), an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit NYC-based public policy think tank focused on financial markets. Mr. Schott previously served as Chief Growth and Development Officer, Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff for Give4me, LLC, a St. Louis-based start up developing products to assist companies in turning budgeted advertising dollars into customer-directed philanthropy. In 2021, the company became a distributor for UV Angel, the anti-pathogen company whose ultra-violet products and systems are aimed at addressing covid and multiple other such infections.
Mr. Schott served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Trade and Investment Policy (2003-2007); Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chief of Staff (1989-91); Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Deputy Administrator of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) (1986-89); and Senior Advisor to Invest in America (2007-9), the Commerce Department’s newly created investment promotion agency (now Select USA).
Mr. Schott also previously served as Head of Strategic Sales and Marketing for Seattle-based Intellectual Ventures (IV) (2009-10). Mr. Schott founded Paradigm Partners, LLC, a strategic advisory firm based in New Canaan, CT (1997-2003). He also served as a founding executive of Hearst New Media & Technology (1993-97), where he was responsible for the creation and operation of Hearst New Media Ventures. He was a management consultant in McKinsey & Company’s London office (1992-93) and a corporate attorney with Dewey Ballantine (1979-81).
Mr. Schott received his Masters of Business Administration and Bachelors degree in History from Stanford University. He also has a J. D. Degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Timothy J. Logue
He has been active with professional organizations for many years and has served in several leadership positions, including as President of the Society of Satellite Professionals International’s Mid-Atlantic Division (2000-2002), Treasurer of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation (ongoing since 1997), and as chair or co-chair of the Advisory Council of the Pacific Telecommunications Council and then chair of its Board of Governors. He now serves as the PTC’s board secretary.
He holds a master’s degree in international communications from American University’s School of International Service, and a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University in journalism.
Assistant Secretary & Treasurer
On the formation of Astrium in May 2000, he was appointed Director of Communications and is now Adviser (UK) PR & Communications, EADS Astrium where many of the world’s largest communications and TV satellites are designed and built alongside spacecraft destined for Mars, Venus and Mercury. Alistair is a Vice-President of the British Interplanetary Society and a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society His hobbies include military vehicles, vintage cars, sailing and cartooning and he was also a Major in the Territorial Army. He is married with two grown up children.
Dr. Joseph S. Bravman
Dr. Bravman is currently engaged in a number of satellite and communications projects both as an entrepreneur and an advisor. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Maryland Angels Council, an early stage investment fund, as well as a number of boards, including NDIA, Syntonics LLC, and the Cornell University Engineering Alumni Association.
Dr. Bravman was formerly Senior Vice President of Orbital Sciences Corporation, where he was responsible for Corporate Development, after serving as Chief Engineer and in a number of group general management positions. Prior to Orbital’s acquisition of Fairchild in 1994, he was Executive Vice President of Fairchild Space and Defense Corporation and President of Fairchild’s electronics systems
Dr. Michael R. Nelson
In addition, since January, 2009, Michael Nelson has been teaching courses and doing research on futures and forecasting, the evolution of the Internet, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government in the CCT Program at Georgetown University. For ten years, Nelson was Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM’s Next Generation Internet strategy.
In the 1990s, Nelson was Director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission and Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. There he worked with Vice President Gore and the President’s Science Advisor on issues relating telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy. From 1988 to 1993, he served as a professional staff member for the Senate’s Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, chaired by then-Senator Gore and was the lead Senate staffer for the High-Performance Computing Act. He has a B.S. from Caltech and a Ph.D. from MIT.
William (Vince) Walisko
Chair Development Committee
William (Vince) Walisko has had an active role in telecommunications technology and business development for over 40 years. He worked in commercial radio and television station during high school and his time at the Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He taught television technology as a member of the Adjunct Faculty at The American University. He was involved with the development of Satellite News Gathering at GTE Spacenet and the development of fly-away systems for GEC McMichael.
Vince managed the development of a video capture and playback system for PCs in the late 1980s. He served as Project Manager for PanAmSat during the early years while they had only one satellite. He shepherded the transition to and interoperability of digital satellite video during his time as Group Director of Global Broadcast and Special Services at Intelsat. Vince managed an international sales and marketing team for Williams Vyvx Services. He cofounded three companies and consulted to satellite operators and Government contractors before he took over all technical aspects of GE Satellite operating a single satellite in the Asia/Pacific region with focus on mobility and aeronautical services. He was Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Vice President, Engineering & Operations for Eutelsat America Corp.
Vince’s current role is Chief Operating Officer at Optimal Satcom, Inc., a leading provider of software-based systems for resource engineering and management in the Satellite Communications industry.
Member, Program Committee
Constance Chatfield-Taylor started Flying Colors Broadcasts in the late 80s after international satellites became deregulated. She seized the opportunity to utilize the medium and grow the company while keeping up with changing technologies and businesses. Her passion for adventure and trying new things has served Constance and Flying Colors well. Her favorite moment is when a client comes in saying it can’t be done, but then Flying Colors changes the dialogue and figures out a solution the client loves. Find Constance out on the polo field or up in the trapeze—she’d love to hear your story and give you a business card!
Robert E. Branson
Robert E. Branson. Esq. is the President and CEO of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), a non-partisan, national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecom and broadband industries, and closing the digital divide. Prior to joining MMTC, Branson served as Of Counsel at Empire Consulting Group a strategic business and public policy firm serving leading technology, wireless, broadcast and other industry clients. He brings his unique perspective as someone who has worked inside and outside government and who understands the challenges ahead in the diverse world we are creating in corporate America. In his corporate career, most recently, he was an Associate General Counsel with Verizon Communications. In that position, he had various responsibilities, including the 5G rollout in the Washington, DC area, privacy regulations, and relationship building with leaders in the federal and state governments. He also coordinated with trade associations and internally with other legal, public policy and business groups. He has been the General Counsel of the Association of Local Television Stations, Chief Legal Counsel of Post-Newsweek Stations and an Assistant General Counsel at the National Association of Broadcasters. He also has worked at the Federal Communications Commission as a Senior Legal Advisor to a Commissioner. Branson has served as President of the Federal Communications Bar Association where he has gotten to know many of the leaders at the FCC, NTIA, FTC and other federal agencies. He is a two-time recipient of the FCBA Distinguished Service Award. He has championed diversity and inclusion in the Bar and has lead several efforts to expand the pipeline my mentoring and working to assist the careers of numerous people in the industry and government. In part based on these efforts, he has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from MMTC. He has served on the Board of Trustees at Simmons University in Boston and was named an Honorary Trustee after his service. He was a member of the Boards of the Ridley Scholarship Fund at the University of Virginia and the Hayride to Help Others in Washington, DC. Branson received his law degree from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.
Josh is a serial entrepreneur General Counsel with 25 years of experience, including as a former public company General Counsel in the aerospace and defense industries. Josh currently acts as a Co-Founder and General Counsel of OffWorld, Inc., a venture backed company that is developing a robotic workforce for heavy industrial jobs on the Earth, Moon, asteroids & Mars, and is a world leader in novel autonomous technologies for terrestrial mining.
In addition to his role at OffWorld, Josh runs a diverse legal practice in Washington, DC, with clients based in the United States and Europe, with a particular focus on government contractor clients. Josh is Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors at the Challenger Center for Space Science Education in Washington, DC. Josh is a member of the Board of Advisors of CisLunar Industries, which aims to develop the Space Foundry that will recycle and refine metal space debris into raw materials for use in space, and of D+R International, an environmental consulting firm dedicated to helping corporate & government clients with energy efficiency.
Prior to his current roles, Josh was General Counsel of the aerospace and defense businesses at ATK, a Fortune 500 provider of aerospace, defense and sporting products. Before ATK, Josh was General Counsel at Versar, and Deputy General Counsel at Alion Science and Technology. Josh started his legal career at Baker McKenzie LLP, the largest international lawfirm in the world.
Josh received an MBA with honors from Georgetown University, from which he graduated second in his class. He holds a law degree from the University of Toronto, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science with Great Distinction from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Josh is also a graduate of the International Space University’s Space Studies Program.
Paul Julin is an ex officio board participant as ACCF’s executive director. For the 20 years previous, he advised philanthropists on their grant and gift investments at three research universities. Before that, he worked 10 years at a major aerospace company as a manager of communications and as a policy writer, while serving as a liaison to a workplace fundraising campaign for Seattle-area community needs. He began his career developing new health care delivery models. His educational background includes a master’s degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.