With a technical background and as a policy expert, Erin’s unique in her field. She’s fluent in the languages of science, technology, politics, and commerce. As Executive Vice President at SIGNAL, she navigates Washington, D.C., on behalf of our aerospace and defense clients. With more than 20 years of expertise in civil, commercial, military, and intelligence programs, Erin draws on her scientific background to translate technical language into policy speak — and vice versa.
Prior to joining SIGNAL, Erin spent 12 years in the aerospace and defense industry. She directed government relations activities for defense, commercial, intelligence, and civilian space programs as a senior corporate liaison to Congress and the Executive Branch for ATK (now Orbital ATK). While at ATK, she led a successful effort on behalf of the U.S. satellite industry to reduce barriers to free trade by modernizing export control regulations. At Ball Aerospace, she served as a liaison to NASA and NOAA headquarters, and directed all legislative initiatives for civilian and commercial satellite programs. At Ball, she coordinated congressional efforts to service the Hubble Space Telescope a final time following the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy.
Erin has leveraged a B.S. in physics and a Master’s in International Science, Technology and Public Policy as a policy analyst for the biggest players in her field, including the Congressional Research Service, the National Academy of Sciences, NASA Headquarters and the Space Policy Institute. She has also served as a senior staffer to U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and as a staff member for two Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. She utilized her technical background while teaching math and science as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, Central Africa, and while conducting original space research at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, an at the Lunar and Planetary Institute adjacent to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Erin is currently Vice President and Programs Chair for the Washington Space Business Roundtable. She is a past President of both the National Space Club and Women in Aerospace, and a prior Board Member of the American Astronautical Society. She has been recognized by Women in Aerospace for her dedication to the interests of the organization. When she’s not engaged in concerns beyond our atmosphere, you’ll find Erin in her hideaway in West Virginia with her husband and two young children.