Legislative Affairs Director
Wayne Rast is serving the Texas Space Alliance as Director – Legislative Affairs. Wayne was born in San Antonio, Texas and received his degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Wayne is a very proud Longhorn alumnus. He has been married to wife Nanette for 25 years, and they have two children. Wayne has worked in a variety of Aerospace positions, including firms like Link Flight Simulation, LORAL Vought, Lockheed Martin, MD Space Robotics, and United Space Alliance. Wayne spent most of the previous ten years working on the Senior Engineering Staff for the Astronaut Office at Johnson Space Center, on the International Space Station Program.
Wayne is proud to be a Senior Member in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). In 1995 and 1996, he was selected as AIAA Congressional Fellow to work on Capitol Hill, in the office of the U.S. Representative of the 9th district of Texas-home of Johnson Space Center. Upon his return to Houston, Wayne became Public Policy Chairman for AIAA Houston Section for 2 years, and he remains active in the yearly AIAA Congressional Visits Day since they began 15 years ago. Wayne is currently serving his 6th year as the Deputy Director, Public Policy for Region IV of AIAA. In that role he is also a member of the national Public Policy committee for AIAA.
Wayne is currently a local elected official in his town of residence, Kemah, just outside of the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Wayne is currently serving in his fourth term on the city council in Kemah, including time as Mayor Pro Tem. Wayne has also served a variety of other community interests, including:
– The Kemah Community Development Corporation (KCDC) board prior to the city council, where he was a board member and then President of that organization.
– Multiple local school district bond committees and a multitude of community service items of service to the JSC community.
– Currently serving as the municipalities representative and Secretary/Treasurer on the Galveston County Board of Health.
Wayne follows closely both the policy, legal, and technical happenings within the field of Aerospace. Wayne met Rick Tumlinson in the mid-1990s during his AIAA Congressional Fellowship, where they along with space visionary Jim Muncy (then of Rep. Dana Rohrbacher’s Office) fought for the day that commercial space could take its rightful place in the opening of the Space Frontier.