Press Release

Space for Humanity Expands Leadership

By SpaceRef Editor
December 28, 2020
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 Space for Humanity, a non-profit sending citizens of diverse racial, economic, and disciplinary backgrounds into space, has recruited 8 new leaders onto its Board of Advisors.  From artists to astronauts and innovators, this new leadership joins an illustrious alliance of advisors that includes scientists, astronauts, researchers, technologists, and change-makers, all united in the pursuit of continued growth and maturation of this visionary non-profit start-up.  For detailed information about Space for Humanity’s leadership, please visit

“As humanity evolves towards a trans-planetary civilization, we are painting the portrait of our future selves.  Will we leap into a future filled with greater diversity, more social justice, and greater imagination?  Or will the illnesses of the Old World stalk us, as they did during the era of the Age of Discovery?  I am very excited to join S4H’s Board of Advisors, and to work closely with Rachel, Dylan & the team to accomplish our vision.” 

                              – Drue Kataoka, Artist & technologist, Drue Kataoka Studios

“Humans are explorers by nature and it only makes sense that we keep pushing the envelope of discovery through continued access to space. Doing so will allow us to develop a solid foundation to build upon and develop technologies that will allow us to do space travel on a regular basis. How great it would be to say that Space for Humanity played a key role in providing the right set of conditions with respect to access to space that in turn allowed for the creation of this solid and diverse foundation!”

                             – Jose Moreno Hernandez, former NASA Astronau

A testament to the power of collaboration and our commitment to facilitating more of it throughout the global space community, the Board of Advisors serves to provide expert guidance to the Space for Humanity mission. The new advisors span a diversity of backgrounds, passions, and expertise.

  • Drue Kataoka is an artist & technologist & CEO of Drue Kataoka Art Studios, serving some of the world’s top collectors in 5 continents and over 30 countries.  

  • Jose Moreno Hernandez, founder of Tierra Luna Engineering, LLC., is a former NASA Astronaut, where he trained and served as the flight engineer on the 2009 14-day STS-128 mission aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.

  • Kunal Sood is an internationally renowned impact entrepreneur and award-winning disruptive innovator. 

  • Livingston Holder was a USAF astronaut in the Manned Spaceflight Engineer Program, and is an aerospace engineering executive with 40+ years’ experience in systems planning, design, development, operations, and management. 

  • Ron Garan is a decorated NASA astronaut, fighter pilot and test pilot, a humanitarian, a social entrepreneur, and author of The Orbital Perspective and Floating in Darkness (forthcoming).  

  • Adam Anderson is a thought leader, speaker, author, business executive, and change agent for good.

  • Cynda Collins Arsenault is the Co-founder, Board Chair and President of Secure World Foundation, an operating foundation working for the secure and sustainable use of outer space for the benefit of humanity.

  • Chris Lewicki is an entrepreneur, engineer and “near-futurist” focused on the economic development of outer space. 

About Space for Humanity

Space for Humanity is building a foundation for an inclusive future in space. We are organizing the planet’s first Sponsored Citizen Astronaut Mission, where leaders, from any walk of life, can apply for an opportunity to go to space and experience the Overview Effect: the cognitive shift in awareness that occurs when a human being looks down on the Earth from space. 

Through our citizen spaceflight program, leadership training, and collaborative efforts to educate the public, we are setting the stage to create the world we want, both here on Earth and throughout the cosmos. We are ranked in the top 100 non-profits globally, in terms of online engagement.

Connect with us @spacehumanity on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.  For more information, please visit

Media Contact
Mimi Houston
Mission Coordinator
(423) 276-8100

SpaceRef staff editor.