Executive Director, GeoEye Foundation
Mark Brender is the executive director of the GeoEye Foundation and manages all facets of the foundation’s affairs. He has held this position since GeoEye established its foundation in March 2007. From January 2006 until October 2010, he also served as the vice president of Communications for GeoEye.
Prior to joining GeoEye in January 2006, he was the vice president of Communications and Washington Operations at Space Imaging.
Mr. Brender has more than 25 years of experience in public affairs, broadcast journalism, government relations, business and the military.
In 1998, prior to joining Space Imaging, Mr. Brender was a broadcast journalist for ABC News, spending 16 years at the network as an assignment editor, national security editorial producer and radio correspondent. Before his ABC career, he served in the U.S. Navy as a public affairs officer and is a retired Naval Reserve commander. As a naval officer, he also served as a White House Military Social Aide to the President of the United States.
Mr. Brender began writing and speaking about high-resolution commercial Earth observation as early as 1985, when he established the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) Remote Sensing Task Force. The task force helped clear the way for high-resolution imagery to move from the defense and intelligence sector to the commercial sector.
Mr. Brender has an undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio and a Master of Arts in Public Relations from the School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C.