Dr. Diane Howard
Director of Commercial Space Policy
National Space Council
Since November 2021, Dr. Howard has served in the Executive Office of the President at the National Space Counsel focusing on commercial space policy. Previously, Professor Dr. Howard was a principal in sur l’espace PLLC, a consultancy focused upon issues pertaining to space policy and law. She is also a non-resident scholar at UT Austin’s Strauss Center for International and Security Studies developing the Center’s Space Security and Safety program.
Diane served as Former Chief Counsel for Space Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce where she provided space law expertise to the Office of Space Commerce (OSC) and the Department of Commerce as a whole and participated extensively in interagency work. She was pivotal in the implementation of Space Policy Directive-3 and is an internationally recognized SME in space traffic management.
Dr. Howard was chair of the annual Space Traffic Management (STM) conference while at Embry-Riddle, ongoing since 2013 and now hosted at UT Austin since 2019 and has been active in the debris community since 2007 and the STM community since 2011. She has served as Vice President of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) after several terms as its Executive Secretary. Diane participated in the UN COPUOS Long Term Sustainability work as a private sector advisor to the U.S. Department of State who named her a subject matter expert for Expert Group D. In addition to the IISL, Diane is a member of the IAA, AIAA, IAASS, and the Florida Bar.