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Shoot for the Moon, and you might just get there. That’s what we’ve all decided to do---your Google Lunar XPRIZE staff:

Chanda Gonzales, Senior Director, Google Lunar XPRIZE

Chanda Gonzales comes to XPRIZE with more than fifteen years of experience working with and directing programs that foster community and partner collaboration. This experience helps Ms. Gonzales oversee the direction of the Google Lunar XPRIZE where she is responsible for managing all aspects of this global competition.

Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Gonzales served as a Program Director with the University of California, Berkeley, Riverside and Davis campuses. During her tenure with these academic institutions, she worked on programs that looked at the importance of reengineering policy to attempt to better serve its communities. She has worked with a variety of entities like the Office of Secretary Defense, Department of Interior, European Union, local governments, Charles Schwab, Accenture and Sears in developing programs that supported environmental, personal finance, citizenship, and science based education programs.


Leo Camacho, Associate, Media and Outreach, Google Lunar XPRIZE

Leo Camacho joins the XPRIZE Foundation with a multi-faceted background ranging from the arts to social media outreach. He brings 10 years of experience in graphic design and illustration, as well as several years in entertainment, to his role in engaging the Google Lunar XPRIZE community in more interactive and creative ways. Prior to joining the XPRIZE Foundation, Mr. Camacho worked as a freelance graphic artist, a position where he worked on a multitude of projects including corporate marketing and illustration for children’s books. Aside from his experience as an artist, he also co-founded the popular website, which covered news and events in the pop culture world such as video games, entertainment, comics and tech. Later Mr. Camacho launched and co-hosted a weekly live, internet community-focused web-series called “The Radnerd Show” on, which went on to be nominated for “Best Online Interactive Live Program” at the 2010 Streamy Awards. The show focused on bringing news and entertainment to the audience and also featured industry guests pertaining to community interests, allowing live viewers to ask questions in real time. Mr. Camacho has also hosted various online, cross-platform events for DK Publishing, Niko Electronics, and Nintendo focusing on social media and outreach.


Andrew Barton, Director of Technical Operations, Google Lunar XPRIZE

Dr. Andrew Barton joins the XPRIZE Foundation with 10 years of experience working in the aerospace and mechanical engineering fields. As Director of Technical Operations for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, Dr. Barton is responsible for finalizing the prize's rules and guidelines, selecting and managing the panel of independent judges and communicating with external stakeholders on technical aspects. Dr. Barton's experience spanning large and small space projects will ensure that the Google Lunar XPRIZE rewards innovate and talented teams, setting the scene for the next wave of space exploration. Prior to joining the XPRIZE Foundation Dr. Barton was involved in the private space industry as a technology developer, project manager and entrepreneur. He also worked for 4 years as a specialist at the European Space Agency ESTEC facility in the Netherlands where he supported the development of space missions, including significant contributions to future lunar and Mars landers as well as the Vega launch vehicle. His deep understanding of space mission development covers all phases of the design process from conceptual design studies through to final system qualification. Dr. Barton holds Ph.D and bachelors degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Sydney and a Masters degree in Space Studies from the International Space University. He is also an avid student of languages and international cultures.


Cynthia Ashley, Project Manager, Google Lunar XPRIZE

Cynthia Ashley comes to the XPRIZE Foundation as a seasoned project manager in the areas of informal education and the environment. Ms. Ashley will use her extensive experience in developing and monitoring high budget, high profile projects to oversee the production and distribution of a digital Fulldome planetarium show for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Ms. Ashley has worked as a project manager for Morrison & Foerster, a large San Francisco law firm, the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, the Lawrence Hall of Science, Chabot Space & Science Center and the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. Ms. Ashley has a B.A. in history, and a M.A. in education from George Washington University.


David Locke, Team Liaison, Google Lunar XPRIZE

David Locke comes to the XPRIZE Foundation having worked in the Film and Television industry for the past several years. Organizing complex global productions has helped Mr. Locke in his efforts to establish and administer the Foundation’s competitions. Most recently working as a Coordinator in the Production Department of Sony Pictures Television, Mr. Locke helped oversee the production of more than twenty award winning TV Movie and Mini-Series. Prior to his tenure at Sony, Mr. Locke worked freelance on a number of well-respected network and cable TV programs (scripted, live & reality programming), feature films (both studio and independently funded) as well as music videos and commercials. Mr. Locke holds a Bachelor of Arts in Television Production with a minor in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.


Anita Heward, International Communications, Google Lunar XPRIZE

Anita Heward comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with more than 10 years experience working to promote space and astronomy in Europe. Since 2005, Ms Heward has worked with the Europlanet project to integrate and support the fragmented European community of planetary scientists. She founded the European Planetary Media Centre to promote European scientific results from planetary space missions, ground based observational campaigns and planetary analogue field trips. She has run the press office for more than 20 national and international scientific conferences, as well as promotional campaigns for ‘World Space Week 2013 – Exploring Earth, Discovering Mars’, ‘YuriGagarin50’ and ‘UK Goes to the Planets’. Ms Heward worked on the International Year of Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone Project ‘She is an Astronomer’, and is a supporter of initiatives to increase gender equality in science and engineering. She was the Founder and Director of the British Festival of Space and was previously Exhibition Manager and Curator at the National Space Centre in Leicester. She holds a degree in Physics and Space Science and a master of Earth Observation Science from the University of Leicester, a post graduate certificate in Science Communication from Birkbeck College, University of London and a master of Creative Writing from the University of Sussex.


Nathan Wong, Technical Operations, Google Lunar XPRIZE

Nathan Wong comes to the XPRIZE Foundation having been involved with the space industry for over 5 years including work with NASA Glenn Research Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and NASA Johnson Space Flight Center on a wide range of projects. In addition to this experience he has also been involved with private space startup companies. Mr. Wong holds a B.S. in Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Masters in Space Management from the International Space University.


Nick Azer, Digital Content Curator, Google Lunar XPRIZE

Nick Azer comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with years of experience writing about the space industry and the Moon. Having began with his own blog on moon colonization in 2008, Nick caught on with NASA’s MyMoon project in 2011 and with the Google Lunar XPRIZE in 2012, working to get people excited about & involved with the future of the Moon. Nick also interned with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry on a web storytelling project, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning from California State University Northridge and professional certificates in Digital Marketing and Interactive Production from Portland State University.