Dr. Michael C. Mineiro is an attorney and public policy expert specializing in outer space, with over fifteen years of experience in government, academia, and the private sector.
Michael currently serves as V.P. Legal, Regulatory, and Government Affairs at HawkEye 360, Inc., the first commercial company to use formation flying small satellites to create a new class of radio frequency geoanalytics. Michael is responsible for the company’s governmental affairs strategy, regulatory licensing, and U.S. government contracting matters.
Prior to joining HawkEye 360, Michael served as the Staff Director and Senior Counsel to the House of Representatives, Science, Space and Technology Space Subcommittee. During this time, he drafted and negotiated legislation and led the development of congressional hearings, while maintaining oversight of Federal civil space agencies and regulatory authorities. He was lead House committee counsel for drafting and negotiating the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-90) and the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 (P.L. 115-10).
Michael previously served in the Executive Office of the President as a Senior Policy Analyst and Liaison to the National Space Council at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He has advised senior White House leadership and led interagency space policy development efforts, including NSPD-2. Prior government appointments also include service as an international relations specialist at NOAA’s Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, as an attorney with NOAA’s Office of General Counsel, and on the U.S. delegation to the U.N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS).
Dr. Mineiro holds a Doctor of Civil Law (McGill University, 2011), a Legal Masters in Air and Space Law (McGill University, 2008), Juris Doctor (University of North Carolina, 2005), and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (North Carolina State University, 2001), with additional studies undertaken at The Hague Academy of International Law (2010), Beijing Language and Culture University (2005), and the University of Hong Kong (2004).
He is happily married to his wife Sarah and has two children. You will see him occasionally pick up a guitar.