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Lawrence Helm

Director
Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation

Larry Helm is an experienced civil space executive, with 22 years’ experience on-site at NASA Headquarters supporting all Mission Directorates and multiple institutional offices. Starting his career in requirements analysis and project management for science missions, Mr. Helm transitioned to Human Spaceflight as an advisor on strategy and planning. His HQ assignments took him to every Center (almost - he is still looking for an excuse to visit Armstrong!), in support of major Agency programs (e.g., Earth Science and Mars missions, ISS, LSP, RPT, CxP, SLS, and numerous CIO/CFO initiatives). As a NASA policy analyst, Mr. Helm co-authored Agency procedural documents and guidance on capability portfolio management, and helped build business cases for new or evolving missions. Since leaving daily HQ support, Larry has held executive positions with a succession of small businesses, helping them evolve and mature their processes to more closely align with Agency needs. He has worked since 2012 as an independent consultant for large and small companies, advising on corporate strategy. He is the co-chair of the PSC Vision Forum NASA Team, and an active member of Center and State space business councils. Mr. Helm serves as a Director for the non-profit Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation, a Huntsville-based think-tank. He is a published author on Cold War legacy, and holds a Masters in Strategic Policy from The George Washington University.


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