Patti Grace Smith is currently an aerospace consultant with Patti Grace Smith Consulting, L.L.C., working with a number of aerospace companies. She is on the board of the Space Foundation where she serves as a member of the Executive Committee; American Astronautical Society (Executive Committee); the X Prize Advisory Committee Board; Terminal Velocity Advisory Board; and the Conrad Foundation. Smith served as Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation for the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, where for eleven years (ending February 2008) she headed the line of business responsible for licensing, regulating, and promoting the U.S. commercial space transportation industry. Smith joined the Department of Transportation in 1994. Smith has over 28 years of experience and knowledge of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). During her career at the FAA and DOT, Smith was instrumental in the growth and change that the U.S. commercial launch industry experienced, facilitating both technological and infrastructure developments and initiating and fostering greater cooperation and partnerships between aviation and space functions in the agency. During her service at the FAA, key milestones were achieved that include the Mojave Air and Spaceport becoming the first inland Commercial Spaceport licensed by the agency, and the launch of the X-Prize winning, historic SpaceShip One, a launch licensed by the FAA. Smith also oversaw the development of rules for human space flight mandated by congressional passage of the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004. Smith also held positions in the private sector at the National Association of Broadcasters, Westinghouse Broadcasting Corporation, and Sheridan Radio Network; and in government at the Department of Defense and the Federal Communications Commission; and the United States Congress with the Senate Commerce Committee.