an Explore Mars Event

May 7-8, 2024

Jack Morton Auditorium,

The George Washington University

Washington D.C.


Mike French

Space Policy Group | Consultant

Mike has shaped space policy through a unique mix of NASA, White House, and private sector experience. He has advised senior government leaders on space policy, developed market forecasts and growth strategies for industry executives, and analyzed major space investments for companies and funds. He is a recognized expert on space policy and space market developments, serving as a regular media contributor, Congressional witness, and frequent public speaker on space topics. In addition to leading the Space Policy Group, Mike also serves as a senior advisor on space issues to global consulting firm BCG.

Mike has held leadership roles across the federal government, including as NASA’s Chief of Staff. As Chief of Staff, he helped execute NASA’s priorities across the agency’s commercial space, exploration, science, and aeronautics programs. Mike’s private sector experience includes leading a diverse coalition of over 70 space companies to advocate for policies, regulations, and investments across the civil, commercial, and national security sectors. He also led the commercial space practice of a market analysis and management consulting firm, advising private sector clients on growth, policy, and investment decisions.

Mike began his career as an attorney in the aerospace and regulated industries practice of an international law firm. He holds a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.