A thoughtful and vision-oriented leader, experienced in creating and developing high-performing executive teams and company cultures to achieve strategic and financial goals. Skilled in identifying unique strategies, prioritizing opportunities and dealing with the unknowns in complex problems. Experienced at creating strategic plans, managing resources, and capturing new markets. Keenly focused on customers, productivity and quality.
Elliot Holokauahi Pulham is Chief Executive Officer of the United States Space Foundation (dba The Space Foundation), and a member of the board of directors, the executive committee of the board of directors, the finance committee of the board of directors and the nominating committee of the board of directors. In this position he has led The Space Foundation to its current position as the largest, fastest-growing, and most recognized and respected non-profit brand in the $279 billion global space industry.
Mr. Pulham is a recipient of the rarely awarded RNASA Foundation Space Communicator Award – an honor he shares with legendary CBS Anchorman Walter Cronkite, former CNN Anchorman Miles O’Brien, and world-renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tsyon. Mr. Pulham is also the recipient of the coveted Silver Anvil Award -- the highest honor bestowed by the Public Relations Society of America – among many others. Mr. Pulham was presented the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honor the service can bestow upon a civilian, by Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley. Pulham is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who, America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals, and Who's Who in Academia.
As CEO of The Space Foundation, Mr. Pulham leads the space industry’s premier non-profit team focused on its mission “to advance space endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” He leads a hybrid operating foundation that is part educational institution, part trade association, part think tank, and part international non-governmental policy organization. Under his leadership, the Space Foundation is at the forefront of teacher training, professional development and innovative student programs for thousands of teachers and their students around the world; trade show and conference management for the $279 billion industry; and informing policy at the local, state, federal and international levels. He is widely quoted in trade press and U.S. national media, and has testified before various U.S. State Legislatures, the U.S. Congress, the United Kingdom House of Parliament and the United Nations. Under his leadership the Space Foundation has become a permanent member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and a leading U.S. member of the Global Space Development Summit organization, through which Mr. Pulham is a signatory to the Beijing Declaration.
Prior to joining the Space Foundation, Mr. Pulham served for 10 years with one of the world’s largest corporations, The Boeing Company, where he assumed progressively responsible positions in the company’s space enterprise, including serving as the voice of Boeing for the space shuttle launches of the Magellan, Galileo and Ulysses interplanetary spacecraft. His final responsibility with Boeing was serving on the merger team that designed the architecture for seamlessly blending the space and defense operations of Boeing, Rockwell and McDonnell Douglas.
As Master of Ceremonies at the 25th National Space Symposium.
Current Board of Directors Service:
· The Space Foundation (Colorado Springs, Washington D.C., Houston and Cape Canaveral): as the only permanent member of the board of directors, Mr. Pulham serves on the Executive Committee of the Board, the Finance Committee of the Board and the Nominating Committee of the board.
· The Rotary National Awards for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation (Houston): Mr. Pulham serves on the National Board of Advisors of this Foundation, which annually presents the National Space Trophy, the Stellar Awards, and, on rare occasion, the Space Communicator Award.
With Leonard Nimoy at The Broadmoor.
Engagement with Communities and Causes:
- The Lucy A. Enos Scholarship for Teachers: In honor of his Hawai’ian grandmother, Mr. Pulham, and his wife, Cynthia, provide annual funding for this scholarship, which enables a teacher of Hawai’ian ancestry, or a teacher working with students of Hawai’ian ancestry, to attend a week-long professional development course on the mainland.
- Kamehameha Schools Relay for Life/American Cancer Society: In remembrance of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Mr. Pulham supports the American Cancer Society via the Kamehameha Schools Relay for Life program.
- Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation: Mr. Pulham is a contributor and supporter of this Foundation, which generates additional scholarship money in support of children of Hawai’ian ancestry.
- National American Pacific Islander Leadership Institute (NAPALI): Mr. Pulham is a contributor, supporter and guest lecturer for this non-profit foundation, which works to develop new generations of leaders from island cultures across the Pacific.
- Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling: Mr. Pulham is a financial supporter of this historic temple in the Wood Valley Rain Forest in his native Ka’u, adjacent his family’s ancestral Hawaiian lands.
- The Tibetan Nuns’ Project: Mr. Pulham provides full sponsorship for a refugee Tibetan nun, living and studying in exile in India.
- The Colorado Thirty Group: Mr. Pulham is a member of this exclusive, invitation-only group of Colorado business leaders that works at the local and national level to improve the economy and quality of life in the state of Colorado.
With friend Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
- The Army and Navy Club of Washington, D.C.
- The Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka'u
- The Broadmoor Golf & Tennis Club
- The Garden of the Gods Club
- The Planetary Society
- The National Space Society
- The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
- The Royal United Services Institute
- The Jaguar Club of Southern Colorado
Mobile: (719) 210-3536
Office: (719) 576-8000
I hope you'll let me know whether this website has been useful to you, and how I can improve it. Like all of us, it is a work in progress, and all your ideas and encouragement are welcome!