photo of Steven IsakowitzSteven Isakowitz is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Virgin Galactic. This leadership role, which he assumed in 2011, crosses a range of areas to create the world's first commercial spaceline, including technical direction of key vehicle and operational systems, development and management of new programs, and strategic direction for new market opportunities.

Before joining Virgin Galactic, Isakowitz was nominated and confirmed as the Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. Department of Energy. He was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Energy for financial matters in support of advanced energy technologies, basic scientific research, and national security programs as well as operation of 17 major national labs, and 15,000 Federal and 100,000 contractor employees. Mr. Isakowitz led the formulation of $27 billion annual budget in close coordination with Department leadership, White House offices, and Congressional appropriation committees, resulting in the doubling of funding for science, renewable energy, and nuclear non-proliferation.

From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Isakowitz served as the Senior Intelligence Officer for the Directorate of Science & Technology at the Central Intelligence Agency. There he was responsible for devising innovative technical collection systems for use against challenging intelligence targets, strengthening advanced research capabilities within the agency, and resolving high priority issues with other agencies in the intelligence community. From 2002 to 2005, he served first as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and then as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at the National Aeronautics & Space Administration.

Mr. Isakowitz served as the Chief of Science and Space Programs for the Office of Management and Budget from 1991 to 2002. He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Master's of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.