Rich Leshner is the Director of Government Affairs for Planet Labs. He has been working in the DC space policy community for 15 years, with experience in the non-profit, government, and industry sectors. During his time at NASA, Rich worked on international projects for collaboration in exploration, managing a $150 million portfolio of innovative small business research, and in the Administrator's office. Rich worked for two years at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he supported the development of the 2010 National Space Policy. Rich earned a master of science in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University, and a Ph.D in public policy and public administration from The George Washington University.