Meet the NASA iTech Team
NASA Program Executive
As the Program Executive for NASA iTech, Maxwell Briggs aims to continue the iTech tradition of leveraging the incredible engine of innovation that is the U.S entrepreneurial ecosystem for NASA’s benefit.
Mr. Briggs spent his early career at NASA as an engineer working on power systems for various applications across the agency’s Science, Human Exploration, and Space Technology Mission Directorates. His background includes hands-on experience supporting NASA small business engagement programs, including Regional Economic Development (RED) and Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), where he managed the technology portfolio for the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD).
In each of these roles, he has leveraged private sector innovation by reducing entry barriers for commercialization-focused companies looking to engage with NASA. Easing those barriers allows innovators to maintain their commercial focus while providing an onramp for the private sector to contribute to new technologies that drive exploration.
Director, Communications and Partnerships
National Institute of Aerospace
Harla has 15+ years providing communications and outreach support to the aerospace community. She is currently responsible for public relations and all media communications to further the National Institute of Aerospace's mission in Research, Graduate Education, and Outreach. She is also responsible for developing strategies to secure funding for key NIA initiatives and for cultivating external strategic partnerships with universities, industry, professional societies, government, and non-profits.
Harla leads NIA's Media Communications Group which produces NASA 360, a web and television broadcast program; Innovation Now, a daily radio program that explores the newest advances from NASA and the aerospace community; NASA Home and City; and is the principal investigator for the NASA iTech program.
Visionary - Change Agent
Tom is a visionary who has personally founded over a dozen companies. These companies have all been at the bleeding edge of technology in fields as diverse as Voice Over Internet Protocol and Crypto-Currency. He has also assisted over fifty companies over the span of the last twenty years. During that time he has helped those companies raise almost $400MM, served on boards and participated in over 17 mergers, acquisitions or other types of exits.
Tom graduated from The College of William and Mary’s Executive MBA program and is certified by NASA as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. His NASA iTech related responsibilities are in the areas of expanding awareness, down select/curation, pitch prep and next-step-planning.
Startup Community Inc. + Established
Jen works with the NASA iTech team on overall planning, strategy, and specifically with the innovators themselves. In addition to the startup programs she currently runs at Startup of the Year, she cofounded, operated and sold Tech.Co, a news, content, and events organization focused on better connecting and educating entrepreneurs. Consalvo is also a startup investor, advisor, and a founding member of NextGen Venture Partners.
Previously, Consalvo led product development teams in a range of product areas such as digital imaging, social platforms and personalization. Much of her career was at AOL, planning and building products used by millions of people globally. Jen has also served on the digital advisory boards for The Nature Conservancy and for the Master of Arts in Media Entrepreneurship at American University. She was nominated by Nevada's TBAN for 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year, listed by Business Insider in their 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter, and named a Tech Titan twice by Washingtonian Magazine.