Our Team

Mike Simmons is wearing a green polo shirt and smiling in in this head and shoulders photo. There is plant and tree foliage in the background.

Mike Simmons
Founder and CEO

Mike has forty years’ experience leading and founding astronomy programs and organizations. He launched Astronomy for Equity as part of the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science outreach team. Read more… 

In this top half portrait, Rebecca Schembri is wearing a black suit and a soft smile with her hands on her hips to make a power pose. She looks strong and professional.

Rebecca Schembri
Communications Director

Rebecca is a social scientist and space diplomat from Reno, Nevada. She holds a Harvard University ALB in International Relations and Legal Studies. Read more…



Jeff BennettSpace Expert
A4E Advisor

Jeffrey holds a B.A. in Biophysics from the University of California at San Diego and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He specializes in mathematics and science education for audiences ranging from elementary school children to college faculty. Read more…

Astronomy for Equity. Former NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott is smiling and wearing a blue jumpsuit that has many patches on it including the American flag and NASA patches. She is standing in front of a blue-green background.


Nicole Stott – Astronaut
A4E Advisor

Nicole is an astronaut, aquanaut, artist, mom, and author of Back to Earth ~ What Life In Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet – And Our Mission To Protect It.  She creatively combines the awe and wonder of her spaceflight experience with her artwork to inspire everyone’s appreciation of our role as crewmates here on Spaceship Earth. Read more…


Phil Plait – Bad Astronomer
A4E Advisor

Phil is an American astronomer, skeptic, and popular science blogger. Phil has worked as part of the Hubble Space Telescope team, images and spectra of astronomical objects, and he has engaged in public outreach advocacy for NASA missions. Read more…

Astronomy for Equity. Frank White is smiling for this headshot portrait of him against a dark background. Frank is wearing a light blue collar shirt.


Frank White – Space Philosopher
A4E Advisor

Frank has authored or coauthored numerous books on topics ranging from space exploration to climate change to artificial intelligence. His best-known work, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, is considered by many to be a seminal work in the field of space exploration. Read more…

Nancy Atkinson – Science Journalist
A4E Advisor

Nancy is a science journalist and author with a passion for telling the stories of people involved in space exploration and astronomy. She has written for Universe Today for almost 20 years, and also writes for The Planetary Society and for Ad Astra, the magazine of the National Space Society. Read more…

Sina Bahram – Accessibility Expert
A4E Advisor

Sina is an accessibility consultant, researcher, speaker, and entrepreneur. He founded Prime Access Consulting (PAC) in 2012 to support building a more inclusive world. Read more…


Atiyah Alhasadi – Astrophysicist
A4E Partner

Atiyah is an astrophysicist, cultural manager, and STEM blogger. He is the cofounder and CEO of Roaya for Astronomy and Space Applications Foundation. Atiyah is a social activist – for more than 10 years he led and participated in many projects related to humanitarian work. He advocates for children, women, immigrants, and refugees. Read more…