Press Release

Coalition for Deep Space Exploration Announces Leadership Transition

By SpaceRef Editor
August 18, 2020
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The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (Coalition) announced today that Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar will be stepping down as president and chief executive officer by the end of the year. The Coalition’s board has begun an extensive search for candidates within the aerospace industry. Dr. Dittmar will continue to serve as president and CEO of the Coalition until new leadership is appointed. 
“Mary Lynne is a transformational leader,” said Charles Precourt, a member of the Coalition’s Board of Directors. “During her tenure, the Coalition saw exponential growth in membership while advancing awareness of and support for our national space exploration efforts among the public and policy makers alike. We sincerely thank her for her leadership and are thrilled that she will be continuing to advise the organization as a member of the Board.” 
“Today, it is more important than ever for the Coalition to continue its mission to build lasting support for human space exploration, space science, and the economic development of space while promoting continued partnership with NASA and investment of resources in the industry,” said Dr. Dittmar. “I am proud to have been a part of all that our team was able to accomplish during my five-year term, and look forward to my new role with the Coalition Board.”
Raines International is performing the CEO search for the Coalition. Raines is a leading executive search and leadership consulting firm committed to making a difference through executive talent. Founded in 1969, they are headquartered in New York City with offices in Washington D.C.
For more information on the Coalition, its members and mission, visit
About the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration
The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration is a national organization of more than 65 space industry businesses and universities focused on ensuring the United States remains a leader in space, science and technology. Based in Washington D.C., the Coalition engages in outreach and education reinforcing the value and benefits of human space exploration, space science and commerce with the public and our nation’s leaders, building lasting support for a long-term, sustainable, strategic direction for our nation’s space program.

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