Inspiring A NeXT Generation of
Is our mission
Creating the next generation of space leaders, entrepreneurs, and explorers takes time. It doesn’t happen by participating in a single course or program. It’s nurtured over many years. We believe in igniting a passion for STEAM within the hearts and minds of even the youngest of students all the way through college, and beyond to working professionals – giving them tools and access to knowledge and opportunities at each stage of their lives. This unique structure ensures we have the trained and talented workforce needed to continue exploring deeper into space.
That’s where the Aldrin Family Foundation makes a difference. As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, we fund STEAM-based educational tools, curriculum, scholarships, and programs that get the next generation prepared and hungry for this new mission. Our efforts fall into three priorities:
We sponsor the Commercial Space Studies program, hosted by the International Space University-Center for Space Entrepreneurship (ISU-CSE) at Florida Tech. The only graduate-level certificate of its kind in the U.S., this space-focused program provides rigorous training in the fields of space finance, policy, management, technology, and entrepreneurship.
Space comes alive for children through our Giant Mars & Moon Map programs, one-of-a-kind educational tools that spark creativity in students while teaching STEAM concepts and exposing them to the amazing opportunities that lie ahead in this new world of space exploration.
We support the Aldrin Space Institute, which hosts workshops, performs technical analyses, publishes research, and more toward advancing space exploration and development that will one day result in humans on Mars.
President & CEO
Dr. Andrew Aldrin is President of the Aldrin Family Foundation, as well as the Program Coordinator of the Masters of Space Operations at Embry Riddle, During Dr. Aldrin’s tenure with the Foundation he has overseen the extension of educational programs to over 300 elementary schools and universities. FULL BIO
Jan Aldrin is an Account Executive at Bruce Hanifan Productions (BHP) in Ventura, California. Jan brings her passion for the arts and technology to the Aldrin Family Foundation, promoting STEAM to young people so that they are inspired to reach their full potential in these fields. FULL BIO
Jeff Schuss is an Aerospace Engineering Manager for Senior Aerospace SSP in Burbank, California. As a member of the Aldrin family, Jeff is committed to propagating scientific and technological awareness – and in turn, inspiring the next generation to be curious, question the status quo and seek something greater. FULL BIO
Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Quincie Moore has spent over thirty-five years in the education field in South Carolina. Most recently, she has served as the Director of Early Learning and Literacy at the South Carolina Department of Education. FULL BIO
Chief Innovation Officer
Career educator and administrator, Jim Christensen oversees K-12 education curriculum and programs, focusing on how to best utilize today’s technology to inspire the next generation of space explorers. FULL BIO
Vice President, Business Development & Partnerships
A multi-million-dollar fundraiser, David Atchley is an energetic, innovative, and principled business development expert with a wealth of campaign management and strategy development experience in the non-profit sector. FULL BIO
Kelly M. Downer
Regional Development Manager
Kelly Downer is a Business Development Specialist providing business strategies and creative plans to establish significant relationships nationally among public and private schools, Universities, and foundations that align with the mission of the Aldrin Family Foundation. FULL BIO