Melanie Preisser, Vice Chair
Vice President of Government Relations, Stratolaunch Systems Corporation
Melanie Preisser is Vice President of Government Relations for Stratolaunch Systems Corporation in Washington, D.C. Her responsibilities focus on building relationships and positive interactions with government agencies and key officials.
Melanie brings over 25 years of diverse corporate and government experience in strategy and business development, acquisitions, systems engineering, satellite operations, and test and evaluation of space-based and airborne systems. Melanie began her career as an acquisitions officer and project engineer for the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Air Force in 2014.
Prior to joining Stratolaunch, Melanie served with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. She was responsible for acquisition oversight and coordination of strategic, space and intelligence programs executed by the Department of Defense, alongside counterparts in the Defense Department, the National Intelligence Community, the Executive Office of the President, and the Uniformed Services.
Melanie has received numerous awards including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Association’s Field Grade Officer of the Year. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and master’s degrees in Systems Engineering and Business Administration.