Mike Gold currently serves as the Acting Associate Administrator for NASA’s Office of International and Interagency Relations. He is also responsible for providing strategic direction to the Office of General Counsel and supporting NASA’s LEO Commercialization efforts. Prior to joining NASA, Mr. Gold was the Vice President of Civil Space at MAXAR Technologies, and was also General Counsel for the company’s Radiant Solutions Business Unit. Additionally, Mr. Gold spent 13 years at Bigelow Aerospace where he established the company’s Washington office, oversaw the launches of its Genesis 1 and 2 spacecraft, and received a team award from NASA for his contributions to the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module.
Mr. Gold has been appointed to and held leadership positions on a wide variety of Boards and Federal Advisory Committees. Specifically, in 2008, Mr. Gold was appointed to the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (“COMSTAC”, the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation’s Federal Advisory Committee) by the Secretary of Transportation. Mr. Gold established the COMSTAC’s Export Control Working Group in that same year and became its first Chair. In 2012, Mr. Gold was appointed Chair of the COMSTAC as a whole and he continued to serve as Chair until he joined NASA in 2019. Moreover, in 2018, Mr. Gold was appointed to the NASA Advisory Council (“NAC”) by Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Mr. Gold served as the first Chair of the NAC’s Regulatory and Policy Committee until joining NASA in the following year.
Mr. Gold has also served on the Executive Board of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (“CSF”) and was the Chair of the CSF’s Export Control Committee. Mr. Gold has been a member of the U.S. delegation to numerous meetings of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space as a Private Sector Advisor and COMSTAC Chair.
In 2014 to 2017, Mr. Gold supported the work of the National Academies as a member of the Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable. Additionally, Mr. Gold was selected by the National Academies Committee on International Security and Arms Control to support space policy as part of the delegation to the India – US Cooperation on Global Security Dialogue on Strategic Security Threats of the 21st Century.
Mr. Gold has testified before both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on space policy and law as well as International Space Station utilization. Mr. Gold has authored three law review articles and one book chapter on various aspects of space law and policy in addition to publishing several editorials and conducting interviews in trade press such as Space News as well as national media including The New York Times, Fox News, and The Economist.
Mr. Gold has held previous positions as an attorney with the law firms of Patton Boggs and McGuire Woods, and was also an aerospace business development officer for the Department of Commerce in his home state of Montana.
Mr. Gold is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia, and he is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.