National Space Council
Mr. Chirag Parikh was appointed as the Executive Secretary of the National Space Council on August 2, 2021. As Executive Secretary, Mr. Parikh is responsible for advising the President on domestic and international policy across the civil, commercial, and national security sectors; as well as monitoring the implementation of the President’s space policy. He joined the Biden-Harris Administration from Microsoft Azure, where he led the company-wide initiative to bring together the power of global cloud capabilities with the evolving space industry.
Prior to his work in industry, Mr. Parikh had a U.S. government career that spanned more than two decades. From 2010-2016, Mr. Parikh served as the White House Director of Space Policy on the National Security Council. Prior to the White House, Mr. Parikh led the United States space intelligence community as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology. Additionally, Mr. Parikh served as a Senior Executive at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency where he held a variety of roles including leading collection and tasking of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) sensors and the analysis of GEOINT data. Mr. Parikh began his career as an aerospace engineer at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.