Richard Pournelle is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at NanoRacks. He manages sales and marketing for leading providers of scientific payloads to the International Space Station. Pournelle has been involved in commercial space for over fifteen years. He spent eight years working at Mojave Spaceport as the Director of Business Development for XCOR Aerospace and continued on to be an Investment Banker for Near Earth LLC, where he provided fund raising and financial advisory services for technology and aerospace companies. Prior to joining the space industry, Pournelle worked as a professional staff member for U.S. House of Representatives Chairman Bill Thomas on the Committee on House Administration and helped create the THOMAS legislative information system. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.