FSDC Membership Elects New President, Officers

Jillianne Pierce
Jillianne Pierce

FSDC PR, June 4, 2014 — Jillianne Pierce of Orlando has been elected to serve as president of the Florida Space Development Council (FSDC), replacing Laura Seward who held the position since the National Space Society chapter was re-activated in January 2013. A short bio for Ms. Pierce is available here.

Also elected to the FSDC board are Edward Ellegood (vice president); William Allen (secretary); and Randy Pruitt (treasurer).

Jillianne is a lawyer, government relations professional, and self-described “space nerd.” She is Co-Editor of the Space Law Newsletter for the American Bar Association’s Section on Science & Technology Law Space Law Committee. Jillianne’s work experience is diverse and includes journalism, law, and public policy practice.

She currently holds the position of Government Relations Coordinator for the Walt Disney World Company. Prior to her current role, she was Public Policy Director for the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association. During law school, Jillianne completed internships with Senator Bill Nelson, the U.S. Coast Guard, University of Miami Immigration Clinic, and the State Attorney’s Office. She also served as President of the International Law Society and External Marketing Manager for the National Security and Armed Conflict Law Review.

Jillianne earned her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Central Florida. She is a member of the Florida Bar. An Orlando transplant by way of UCF, she is a second-generation Floridian who grew up attending shuttle launches at Kennedy Space Center. Fascinated by the U.S. space program, she participated in U.S. Space Camp (go Team Odyssey!) and proudly holds the designation of U.S. Space Camp Ambassador.