Today's Featured Guest for our Weekly Virtual Happy Hour, 9/13/2021, 5:30 PM ET

with Paula Trimble, Policy Chief at the Space Development Agency

Join us today, 9/13/2021, for another virtual happy hour and interactive discussion around everything #natsec innovation. With featured guest, with Paula Trimble, Policy Chief at the Space Development Agency

A Little Bit About Paula’s Background

Ms. Paula Trimble is Policy Chief and Director of Small Business Programs at the Space Development Agency in the U.S. Department of Defense. Now two years old, the Space Development Agency (SDA) is building a space-based architecture to provide next-generation space capabilities to meet the needs of the joint warfighter, leveraging spiral development of a proliferated satellite constellation in low Earth orbit. At SDA, Ms. Trimble is driving policy solutions to reduce barriers in the acquisition process and  enable small businesses and start-ups to work more easily with the federal government. 

Ms. Trimble has always been attracted to disruptive organizations at the nexus of policy and technology.  She started her career in the Washington, DC-area as a reporter at Space News and Federal Computer  Week. She served in the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Space Commercialization, helping  promote the expansion of commercial markets for GPS, satellite communications, and satellite imagery.  Following that, she was an industry analyst at the Office of Commercial Space Transportation in the U.S.  Federal Aviation Administration, helping shepherd a new reusable launch sector and supporting the  agency during the historic 2004 SpaceShipOne X-Prize flights. Ms. Trimble spent more than eight years  overseeing prototyping and experimentation efforts in the DoD’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office. Most  recently, she was Senior Principal at Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, leading the lobbying firm’s national  security practice in support of university researchers, scientific societies, and national research institutes,  including facilitating the significant growth of a DoD Manufacturing Innovation Institute and engaging with  policymakers on issues of interest to small businesses across the research enterprise. 

Ms. Trimble and her family live in Springfield, VA, where she seems to collect hobbies. When she’s not  cycling, running, or practicing yoga, she’s a wine hobbyist and foodie always ready with a wine or  restaurant recommendation. In her spare time, Ms. Trimble chairs the judging committee for the annual Gerald R. Ford Prize for Reporting on National Defense and volunteers with The Holiday Project, organizing holiday visits with residents of nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers. Ms. Trimble is also the  Communications Director for the Information Professionals Association, which provides a forum for the  advancement of cognitive security and information operations.