Virginia A. Barnes

Immediate Past Chair
Retired Vice President, Space Launch System, The Boeing Company

Virginia Barnes led a number of defense and space programs, including International Space Station (ISS), fighter and support programs, defense modernization and weapons, and simulation and training during her tenure with Boeing.

Ms. Barnes is responsible for the design, development, test, and production of the SLS cryogenic stages and avionics. The world’s biggest rocket, SLS will take humans beyond Earth orbit. Previously, as president and chief executive officer of United Space Alliance, LLC (USA), Ms. Barnes was responsible for the strategic direction and operations for USA. She held that position from April 2010 to April 2013, before returning to Boeing, where she had previously worked for 29 years. She left Boeing as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Deputy Program Manager, overseeing the programmatic and financial aspects of the Army’s modernization efforts.

Ms. Barnes began her career as a financial cost analyst with Boeing in Huntsville, Ala., in 1981, and graduated from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. She later earned her master’s degree in business from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.