photo of Bretton AlexanderBretton (Brett) Alexander is Director of Business Development and Strategy for Blue Origin, LLC, a developer of vehicles and technologies to enable human space transportation. From October 2009 to October 2011, he was a member of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), serving as the chair of the Commercial Space Committee, assessing NASA's partnership with industry to develop commercial crew and cargo capabilities to support the International Space Station and private spaceflight. He has served as a member of the FAA's Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) since 2008.

Mr. Alexander previously served as a senior policy analyst for space issues in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he served both Presidents Bush and Clinton. While at the White House, he played a central role in development of the Vision for Space Exploration, announced in January 2004. From December 2006 to May 2011, he served as President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the industry association of businesses and organizations working to make commercial human spaceflight a reality. From 2008 to 2011, he was also a consultant in the space industry, providing strategy and business development advice to launch service providers and vehicle developers, as well as assessment of international space activities to NASA.

From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Alexander served as the executive director for Space and the X PRIZE Cup at the X PRIZE Foundation, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Google Lunar X Prize, the Lunar Lander Challenge, and the X PRIZE Cup. He was also senior advisor to Transformational Space Corporation (t/Space) from 2005 to 2007. Prior to the White House, he held positions in the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation, The Aerospace Corporation, and ANSER Corporation.

Mr. Alexander holds Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.