Casey Anglada DeRaad is Founder and CEO of NewSpace New Mexico, a non-profit established to grow the space industry from New Mexico for the nation with a mission to accelerate the pace of innovation by providing our partners with direct and faster access to the right connections, resources, and customers. The goal for NewSpace New Mexico is to create a bigger voice for space industry stakeholders and to leverage the significant federal investment and R&D space assets to take advantage of the exponential growth in the commercial space industry for the nation.
Casey was a 30-year executive of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), leading the Technology Engagement Office for academic, industry and community partnerships for AFRL and other Air Force partners on Kirtland Air Force Base. Casey developed strategies to support the local academic and industrial community to help them leverage the $3.8B annual economic impact of Kirtland to the state of New Mexico.
She previously led programs in spacecraft electronics, space systems and joint technology investment efforts for the Air Force and NASA. She helped establish UNM’s successful COSMIAC aerospace center with AFRL, UNM, industry, Sandia and Los Alamos laboratories.
Casey is a tenth generation New Mexican from Taos, NM and earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico.