Chief Economist, NASA

Alex MacDonald is the Chief Economist at NASA. In this capacity, he has worked on developing the Artemis Program and NASA’s strategy for Commercial Low-Earth Orbit activities, including serving as the program executive for the ISS National Lab. He has server at NASA in a variety of capacities for over a decade, including roles at NASA Ames, JPL and as the program executive of NASA’s Emerging Space Office at NASA Hq. He is the author and editor of a number of NASA reports as well as the book ‘The Long Space Age’ an economic history of US space exploration.