It always seems impossible until it’s done.
~Nelson Mandela

Dylan Taylor

Founder

Dylan Taylor is a leading angel investor, thought leader, futurist, and founding partner of Space Angels, a global network of commercial aerospace investors and entrepreneurs. As an early-stage investor in more than 40 emerging ventures, including Planet, OmniEarth, Accion, York, Kepler, and Vector Space, Dylan has played a key role in the growth of the private space industry. Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure in the world of NewSpace investing. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics. Underlying Dylan’s passion for space, however, is his fundamental belief in its power to unify humanity. Space exploration, from his point of view, can bring people together by highlighting the arbitrary nature of boundaries we create–geographic, ideological, and otherwise. In 2016, Dylan founded Space for Humanity, a global non-profit that strives to both democratize space as well as to demonstrate the power of space to raise human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems.

Dylan is a leading advocate of space manufacturing and the utilization of in-space resources to further space exploration and settlement. In 2017 he became the first private citizen to manufacturer an item in space when the gravity meter he co-designed and commissioned was 3D printed on the International Space Station. The item currently resides at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to having a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with a number of personal and professional accolades in recent years. The World Economic Forum recognized Dylan as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2014. Taylor is also a Delphi Fellow for Big Think, a digital knowledge forum that brings together top thinkers from around the world to collaborate and share ideas. Dylan is also Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Taylor earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and holds a BS in Engineering from the honors college at the University of Arizona where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and was President of the Engineering College. In 2013 he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University.

Rebecca Schaeffer

Executive Director

Rebecca Schaeffer is a conscientious problem solver and global humanitarian leader. With a background in non-profit management and U.S. refugee resettlement, Rebecca has served as a dedicated advocate giving voice to the world’s most vulnerable populations.  She has successfully reunited hundreds of displaced refugee families and administered U.S. government funding for millions of displaced persons around the globe.

Rebecca holds a B.S. in International Relations from Beloit College and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  She is a 2016 Forté Fellow, and attended the International Summer School in Forced Migration at the University of Oxford in 2011.

Rebecca is experienced in growing nascent non-profits efficiently and effectively to scale.  She is passionate about space and its ability to unify humanity toward a brighter future.

Ulisses Meneses Ortiz

Director of International Outreach

Ulisses helps clients increase their value by streamlining their tax-related cash flows and reducing operational risk as related to transfer pricing.  Ulisses has more than 15 years experience in transfer pricing, including seven years as a transfer pricing manager in Mexico, and eight in the United States.

Ulisses has overseen a wide range of engagements, including advanced pricing agreements, documentation, audit defense, and planning.  He has experience in automotive, food and beverage, industrial components and equipment, furniture, and high-end consumer products.

Ulisses is passionate about the use of private space for profit purposes, and as part of his efforts to bring capital and talent to the industry, published an article on using research and development tax credits to help space and high-tech related start-ups.  He is founding member of the Booth Aeronautics & Space Club, and founding organizer of MIT’s New Space Age Conference.  Ulisses has organized conferences with leading business schools and is currently the Director of International Outreach for Space for Humanity.

Academic background
B.A. Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Estado de Mexico

M.B.A., The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Rachel A. Lyons

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Rachel A. Lyons is a next generation space advocate.  Rachel actively works to spread knowledge and encourage others to get involved using the ideals of ‘The Overview Effect’.  Her approach is multidisciplinary – recognizing the importance of integrating formal education, creative arts, culture, and social connection.  Rachel has led engineering teams, organized professional events, music and dance celebrations, and outdoor adventure.

Rachel holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Miami. She is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space – USA, as well as the former president of the University of Miami Chapter.  She is a former radio host of the science talk show and world music show on WVUM 90.5 FM.

Rachel’s goal is to use space to deepen the connection we share with each other, and our home planet earth. Her intention is to create an environment where people of different backgrounds can unite with a shared understanding of this important mission.