Alan Ladwig has more than 30 years of experience as a senior manager of programs and policy development associated with the U.S. civil space program. He has served in senior management positions with non-profit organizations, the private sector, and the Federal government. Ladwig has extensive experience in strategic planning, policy development, educational activities, promotion, government affairs, and activities to directly involve the public in space activities.
He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) a space entertainment and travel company that provides parabolic flight opportunities (weightlessness) on a commercial basis to consumer, commercial, and government markets. In this capacity he manages the day-to-activities as the company transitions from start-up to commercial operations.
Ladwig is also the founder and President of To Orbit Productions, a policy and communications firm specializing in support to space launch companies, Earth science and remote sensing applications, commercial space activities, and initiatives to directly engage the public in space research and exploration. His clients include Team Encounter, Sally Ride Science Clubs, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, Lockheed Martin, Kelly, Anderson and Associates, and the Office of Human Resources and the Education Division of NASA.
He was the Assistant to the Chairman and Vice President of Washington Operations of SPACE.com, a multimedia company dedicated to space and space-related subjects.
From 1993 to 1999, he was an appointee of the Clinton-Gore Administration at NASA Headquarters. During his tenure, he was the Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Planning and Communications, and established and served as the Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy and Plans. As NASA’s policy chief, he represented the Agency in the development of the National Space Policy, and was responsible for the NASA Strategic Plan, and the History Office.
Between 1981 to 1990, he held a variety of positions at NASA Headquarters, including Manager of the Space Flight Participant Program, Director of Special Projects for the Office of Exploration, and Manager of the Shuttle Student Involvement Program. He also served as the Assistant to the Director of the Administrator’s Long-Range Planning Task Force that produced the report, Leadership and America’s Future in Space (The Ride Report).
NASA recognized Ladwig’s contributions with its highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal. He also received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, and two NASA Exceptional Service Medals. He served on three teams that received NASA Group Achievement Medals. He is also a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society.
He is a member of the NASA Planetary Protection Advisory Committee. Ladwig served on the Board of Directors of the AeroAstro Corporation and was Executive Vice President of the American Astronautical Society.
Ladwig served in the US Army from 1972-1974 and was stationed in Athens, Greece. He attended Southern Illinois University where he received his MS in Higher Education and a BS in Speech.