Jessy Kate Schingler

Director Policy and Governance, Open Lunar Foundation

Role: Associate

Sites: CDL-Atlanta, CDL-Paris, CDL-Toronto

Stream: Space

Jessy Kate works at the Open Lunar Foundation, a non-profit developing public goods and utilities for lunar exploration. Open Lunar has undertaken significant studies of resource management and property rights for space, co-convenes the Moon Dialogs, and in 2021 established the Breaking Ground Trust for legal stewardship of lunar resources. Jessy Kate is a regular speaker and writer about governance, coordination, and commons management on Earth and in space.

Jessy Kate has been involved with space policy and governance throughout her career. She was one of the founding members of the Space Generation Advisory Council at UNISPACE III, and one of the original researchers on the Space Security Index. She also has a background in software engineering, having worked on the founding team of NASA’s Nebula cloud computing project (which subsequently became Open Stack), developed flight software for Astra’s rockets 1.0 and 2.0, and was deeply involved in the open government initiative through her work with the Sunlight Foundation. She has a masters in Computer Science and further graduate study in distributed systems. She remains an active contributor to open source software projects.

Jessy Kate’s work has led her to an interest in the philosophy of governance and new approaches to sovereignty, jurisdiction and institution design. She is a part time PhD student in extitutional theory at Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches de Sciences Administratives et Politiques (CERSA) at Paris II, an affiliate with the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, and also an affiliate with the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University.