Christine Anderson is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority. She is responsible for the development and operation of the first purpose-built commercial spaceport — Spaceport America. Spaceport America is certified by the FAA for vertical launch and has supported 15 successful vertical launches to date. Ms. Anderson reports through a Governor-appointed Board of Directors to the Governor of New Mexico.
Ms. Anderson retired from the United States Air Force as a civilian with 30 years’ service in 2008. In the Air Force she achieved the rank of Senior Executive Service, the civilian equivalent of the military rank of General Officer. Ms. Anderson was the founding Director of the Space Vehicles Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. She also served as the Director of the Space Technology Directorate at the Air Force Phillips Laboratory at Kirtland, and as the Director of the Military Satellite Communications Joint Program Office at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles where she directed the development, acquisition, and execution of a $50 billion portfolio that included five constellations of satellites in various life-cycle stages.
Ms. Anderson is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Ms. Anderson earned a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Maryland, and completed the National Security Leadership Program at Johns Hopkins University and the Senior Management in Government Program at Harvard University. She is the recipient of several awards and honors including the AIAA Software Engineering Award, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the AIAA Von Braun Space Program Management Award, and the United States Air Force Association Lt. Gen. John O'Neill System Program Director Award.