Valen L. Schnader

Chief of Staff

Val joined AURA’s Headquarters team in 2015 as Vice President for Operations/Chief of Staff. In these roles, he is responsible for overall corporate risk management, as well as day-to-day business leadership of the organization. Val began his career in the aerospace industry, holding positions in finance and contracts management. He then moved to AURA’s Space Telescope Science Institute, ultimately serving as the Associate Director for Administration until his transition to AURA Corporate Office. Val received an MBA with a concentration in Quantitative Analysis from the University of Kentucky.