Mary L. Snitch joined Lockheed Martin Corporation in Washington, DC in 1990, and now leads corporate engagements with US and international professional and scientific organizations, along with research universities and national academies. Her 40-year professional career began with the U.S. Department of State and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. She joined the private aerospace sector Ion 1983 with TRW and in 1985 joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA as Manager, Legislative and International Affairs.
Throughout Mary’s career she has been an advocate for STEM education, particularly for females and African Americans in science and engineering, and for inspiring a culture of diversity and inclusion in the global aerospace arena. As a Trustee for the Ron Brown Foundation, Mary contributes her experiences in aerospace to mentor countless Ron Brown Scholars. In recent years, Mary served on the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Board of Directors in roles focused on membership diversity. She is a Member of the University of Maryland Aerospace Engineering Industry Advisory Board, and serves as Mentor to UMD student members of Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics. From 2015-18, Mary was an elected VP for the International Astronautical Federation, where she led the portfolio for Diversity Initiatives. Mary was appointed in January 2022 as Officer for DEI Initiatives for the international space research organization, COSPAR.
Mary received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia, and her Masters of Business Administration in Business, Economics and Public Policy at George Washington University. She and her husband, Dr Thomas Snitch, reside in Bethesda, Maryland USA.