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The leadership team

Bryce Space and Technology is built around an integrated team of analytic experts in disciplines critical to space and technology. Our experts in engineering, physics, statistics, biology, operations research, applied economics, communications, and policy analysis are bound together by a commitment to analytic rigor as the foundation for effective decision support.

Nearly 80 percent of our analysts have advanced degrees and together have experience serving more than 20 federal government agencies and organizations as well as working with hundreds of companies in space, energy, technology, aviation, and defense. Working together as a multi-disciplinary and cohesive unit, Bryce Space and Technology delivers a broad-based and objective perspective to corporate and government leaders.

Carissa Bryce Christensen

Chief Executive Officer

Carissa Bryce Christensen is the founder and CEO of Bryce Space and Technology. Ms. Christensen is an internationally-recognized expert in commercial space and the interplay of government, military, and commercial activities in the aerospace sector. For more than two decades she has engaged the leading edge of the space industry with innovative analysis of space systems and advanced technology.

Carissa serves as a strategic advisor to government and commercial clients, and has been an expert witness and testified before Congress on market dynamics. She currently sits on the board of the Aerospace Center for Space Policy and Strategy and serves on the National Research Council Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable (STIGUR) advisory group.

She is also an active entrepreneur and investor in technology-focused startups and advises several companies she has helped seed. She co-founded QxBranch, a quantum computing software firm, and sat on its board through its successful Series A. Prior to founding Bryce, Carissa co-founded The Tauri Group, LLC and was a partner in CenTauri Solutions, LLC (acquired by CSC in 2010).

Ms. Christensen holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she specialized in science and technology policy. She also completed the General Course in Government at the London School of Economics and was a Douglass Scholar at Rutgers University.

Ms. Christensen is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Ian Dickinson

Chief Operating Officer

Brig Gen (Ret.) Ian Dickinson is Chief Operating Officer of Bryce Space and Technology. General Dickinson is a leader in cyberspace for military and government organizations. He has managed, maintained, and secured the cyberspace domain used by the Air Force, as well as trained warfighters to fight in and protect that domain. He served as Deputy CIO of the Joint Staff, ran regional communications for task forces in combat, and oversaw the creation of the first undergraduate cyber training curriculum for Air Force personnel. General Dickinson is a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He earned a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.


Mark Herzing

Chief Financial Officer

Mark Herzing is the Chief Financial Office of Bryce Space and Technology where he will be responsible for strategic management and financial, accounting, and contracting operations. He is an experienced executive with extensive knowledge of corporate financial matters, including budgeting, accounting, competitive pricing, and compliance. Herzing has more than 30 years of experience structuring and implementing consulting projects for government, commercial, and non-profit organizations in diverse disciplines. He is a subject matter expert in government acquisition practices and RDT&E program management. Herzing holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’ Kennedy School of Government, where he specialized in science and technology policy.


Janice Starzyk

VP of Commercial Space

Janice Starzyk, PMP, is the Vice President of Commercial Space at Bryce Space and Technology, heading the commercial practice sector. Within this role, she directs strategies for commercial and government customers that solve long-term problems using market analytics. Her extensive experience and contributions in the space and telecommunications industries ranges throughout her career as a market analyst with TeleGeography, a program manager at Futron Corporation, a director of business development with International Launch Service and more. Her many esteemed accomplishments include leading the capture strategy for 57 contract awards valued at over $5 billion at International Launch Service. As a dedicated consultant to United Launch Alliance (ULA), she advised and shaped the commercial market intelligence, strategy and sales upon regaining commercial marketing rights to the launch vehicles and provided the internal strategic direction for ULA’s first commercial GEO launch contract in 2018. Starzyk holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Economics from John Hopkins SAIS, a Global M.B.A. from Tulane University, and a Magíster de Administración from Universidad ICESI. With more than 20 years of experience, Starzyk brings an unmatched analytical, strategic, and relationship-driven approach to the Bryce practice.


Senior Program Managers and Senior Subject Matter Experts

Bryce Space and Technology senior staff members have 20+ years of experience.

Susan Albert

Economics, data tools and data analytics

Rita DiBella

Director, Human Resources

Anton Dolgopolov

Aerospace engineering and satellites

Martha Ellison

Director, Contracts

Warren Ferster

Strategy, space industry

Elaine Gresham

Technology portfolio analysis, satellite and launch market analysis

Carie Mullins

Industrial engineering, technology forecasting, data analytics

John Nelson

Technology program management, biomedical engineering

Kathy Reilly

Communications strategy for space, space applications

Aschley Schiller

Senior Consultant & Program Manager

Manny Shar

UK Head of Analytics

Phil Smith

Aerospace systems, launch, space art

Dr. Al Weston

Aerospace engineering, military space

Director of Operations

Crystal Coppinger,