Alex Hall, Senior Director, Google Lunar XPRIZE
Alexandra Hall comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors in USA and Europe. Ms. Hall will draw on her professional experience and enthusiasm for space exploration to manage all aspects of the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Ms. Hall is credited with breaking new ground in aviation by bringing Zeppelin airships back to the U.S. after 70 years through her position as co-founder and former CEO of Airship Ventures, a company that uses airships for passenger flights, science research, and media purposes, Prior to Airship Ventures, Ms. Hall served as the Executive Director of the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, CA, where she managed fundraising efforts, developed exhibitions and led major programs with school district, university and agency partners. Ms. Hall is regarded as a leader in bringing space and astronomy to the public, having authored several books for children and adults about space and hosted BBC Television's "Final Frontier." She holds a degree in Astrophysics from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.
Chanda Gonzales, Manager of Education
Chanda Gonzales comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with more than ten years of experience working with K-12 students, University students and teachers from a variety of backgrounds. Additionally, she has directed programs that foster community and partner collaboration. This experience helps Ms. Gonzales oversee the direction of the Google Lunar XPRIZE Education Program, where she is responsible for managing all aspects of the global Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM) program. Prior to joining the XPRIZE Foundation, Ms. Gonzales served as a Program Director with the University of California, 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, 4-H, Boys and Girls Club, Charles Schwab, Accenture and Sears in developing programs that supported environmental, personal finance, citizenship, recreation and science based education. Ms. Gonzales holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino.
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 Radnerd.com, 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 TheStream.tv, 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.