1406 N Foote Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO   80909

 E-mail:  epulham@gmail.com

Alt: elliot.pulham@icloud.com




A vision-oriented leader, experienced in creating high-performing executive teams and company cultures to achieve strategic, financial and mission goals.



(Colorado Springs, CO)

Partner | Advisor | Consultant



Hana Hou Partners, LLC, is a Hawaiian-owned, woman-owned business focusing in two areas.  In real estate development we are focused on upgrading and renewing neglected properties to provide affordable housing for first-time home owners, retirees, and others with limited income. In th space and aerospace sector we provide consulting and advisory services directly to our clients, and in partnership with Apogeo Spatial and Blueline Publlishing, of Denver, and Space-Tec GmbH of Munich.




(Colorado Springs, CO | Washington, D.C.)


Chief Executive Officer

(Top Person in Management)

1998 – 2016     


Recruited as Executive Vice President to help turn around and reinvent this U.S.-based, international not-for-profit organization serving the $300 billion global space industry.  Promoted in 2001 [after national search by board of directors] to President & Chief Executive Officer, and later to permanent member of the board.


Led the rebranding and reinvention of what is now The Space Foundation, from a small, single-office “mom and pop” organization operating in the red, into a strong financial performer and the leading non-profit brand in the $330 billion global space industry.  Reinvented the Space Foundation, transforming it into a globally relevant, mission focused, hybrid operating foundation and non-governmental organization.  Transformed its boutique National Space Symposium into the largest and most important gathering of the space industry anywhere in the world.  Launched significant new business lines: government affairs, research and analysis, education, international affairs and the recently opened Space Foundation Discovery Center museum, featuring the Northrup Grumman Science Center, Science on a Sphere®, the El Pomar Space Gallery, the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center and the Jasper D. Ackerman Conference Center.  


In the international arena, selected accomplishments include leading the first informal/unofficial U.S. mission to China focused on space exploration, and stewarding ongoing U.S.-China dialogue on space cooperation; providing U.S. testimony to the Parliament of the United Kingdom; managing the Space Foundation role as a permanent member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space; leadership of bi-lateral dialogues between space leaders in the U.S. and Germany, Mexico, Poland, Viet Nam, South Korea and the Netherlands; international working relationships with the International Space University, Strasbourg, France; the Royal United Services Institute, London, UK; the China Society of Astronautics, Beijing, among others.


As chief executive, transformed the Space Foundation from a $1.8 million (revenues) and zero (assets) organization to a $10 million (revenues) and $10 million (assets) organization, independently audited to the highest standards for more than 15 consecutive years. In 2012, 2014 and 2016 the Non-Profit Times named the Space Foundation one of the Top 20 Non-Profit Organizations in the U.S. to Work For.


Selected honors: recipient of the U.S. Air Force Distinguished Public Service award, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Air Force; recipient of the Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvil Award, the professional society’s highest honor; recipient of the RNASA Foundation’s Space Communicator Award, a rare honor shared with Walter Cronkite and Neil deGrasse Tyson.  More than 30 other executive awards.



The Kamehameha Schools | University of Hawai’i-Hilo | University of Hawai’i-Manoa



US Army, Twice Decorated, Honorably Discharged



Excellent References Upon Request















Previous Work Experience


1988 – 1998


(Seattle | Huntsville, AL | Seattle)


Defense & Space Group Manager, Boeing/McDonnell Douglas Merger Team (1997)

Director, Advertising & Public Relations, Boeing Defense & Space Group (1995)

Senior Manager, Public Affairs, Boeing Missiles & Space (1992)

Director, Corporate Communications, Boeing United Way Campaign (1991)

Manager, Public Affairs & Advertising, Boeing Military Airplanes  (1990)

Manager, Public Affairs & Advertising, Boeing Aerospace Company (1988)


Quickly advanced through a succession of progressively more responsible management and senior management positions in this Fortune 100 company.  Developed strong space and aerospace expertise and international experience at Boeing Aerospace (1988), and was promoted to the larger Boeing Military Airplanes division (1990). Recruited to corporate-wide responsibility for the Boeing Employees Good Neighbor Fund (internal United Way campaign) in 1991. Subsequently recruited to lead public affairs for the company’s burgeoning Missiles & Space division, 1992.  Promoted to the parent company, Boeing Defense & Space Group, 1995, and in 1997 appointed to leadership responsibilities supporting the merger of The Boeing Company and McDonnell Douglas Corporation.


Selected Accomplishments:


Served as national spokesperson and mission expert for a half-dozen space shuttle missions.  Led the Good Neighbor Fund in a record-breaking year that raised more than $18 million for non-profit charities. Led a team of more than 200 contractors and subcontractors in the public information effort that was pivotal in saving NASA’s $100 billion International Space Station program.  Managed the roll out of industry’s first multi-national, commercial space launch endeavor, Sea Launch Co.  Developed and implemented corporate branding initiatives for the $20 billion, reorganized Boeing Defense & Space Group.





Senior Counselor


Lead customer service responsibility for the top clients of this Honolulu public relations firm: The State of Hawai’i Department of Business & Economic Development; Mauna Kea Beach Hotel; Mauna Kea Development Company (Hapuna Prince Resort project); the Ironman Triathlon; Aston Hotels & Resorts; Chaney, Brooks & Company; Hawaii Visitors Bureau and others.





Director -- Public Affairs, Sales & Advertising


Managed all sales and marketing activity of Hawai’i’s largest airline during its greatest period of expansion.  Managed 17 sales offices and the launching of new services between Honolulu and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Anchorage, American Samoa, Western Samoa, Tonga, Guam and Japan.  Developed unique, joint promotional programs integrating vendors from all parts of the hospitality industry in major promotional tours of the mainland U.S.  Opened first public airport to be completely developed by an airline.



West Hawai’i Today (1982-1986) Editor and Columnist

Public Relations Institute (1980-1982) Vice President

Pacific Public Relations (1979-1980) Account Executive

Pacific Business News (1978-1979) Reporter/Editor