Personnel File (01-04-16)

Mary Snitch

Mary Snitch

IAF Enlists Lockheed’s Mary Snitch for Global Member Development

The IAF has long distinguished itself as the premiere organization for collaboration and partnership on an international scale — not just across businesses and governments, but across genders, race, and cultures.

“As a vice president. I hope to even further increase that diversity.”

POSITION/NEW ROLE: The International Astronautical Federation Bureau’s vice president for global member development and global conferences. The IAF organizes the International Astronautical Congress, an annual conference attended by the world’s space leaders. The 2016 IAC is being held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in September.

DAY JOB: Senior manager, university and industry relations, Lockheed Martin Corp., Bethesda, Maryland.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 10 years at the U.S. State Department and Arms Control and Disarmament Agency before entering the private aerospace sector in 1983 with TRW. Joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1985 as manager, legislative and international affairs. Lockheed since 1990.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Business Administration, George Mason University; MBA, George Washington University.

PERSONAL: Active in the aerospace and STEM education community. She and her husband, Thomas Snitch, an international consultant, live in Bethesda.


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