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Patrica Cooper

Vice President, Satellite Government Affairs, SpaceX

Patrica Cooper

Patricia Cooper has led SpaceX’s global satellite government affairs practice since 2015.  She directs regulatory and licensing activities for the Starlink satellite constellation in the US and overseas, as well as policy initiatives on broadband connectivity, trade and competition, spectrum, innovation and space safety. Starlink is a next-generation satellite network capable of connecting the globe with reliable and affordable broadband Internet services.

Ms Cooper has over 25 years of experience in satellite and communications policy and regulatory matters.  Prior to joining SpaceX, Ms Cooper led the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) for seven years as its President, directing policy and advocacy efforts in regulatory, export control reform and national security arenas.  She served at two pioneering satellite operators, Intelsat and PanAmSat, and at Internet infrastructure start-up Core Express. An economist by training, she has held senior positions at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) International Bureau and began her career promoting satellites and telecom liberalisation at the US Department of Commerce.

Ms Cooper has served on expert advisory committees to the FCC, US Departments of State, Commerce and Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the International Telecommunications Union.  She has testified before the US Senate and House of Representatives, and participated in multiple ITU World Radio Communications Conferences, and US delegations to United Nations space, development and finance organisations.  She was an expert contributor to trade negotiations including the World Trade Organization and North American Free Trade Agreement.

Ms Cooper holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and German.

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