Rick Zucker is an attorney who received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Brandeis University and his law degree from New York University School of Law. Rick is an experienced trial and appellate attorney, with over 25 years in private practice representing numerous individuals and businesses in varied and complex civil matters. During his career, Rick served for several years as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In addition to serving as an Officer and Director of DevelopSpace Initiative, Inc., Rick also serves in other roles in the space advocacy community. In March 2013, he became the Director of Political Outreach for Explore Mars, Inc., a non-profit organization that conducts educational programs and technical challenges to stimulate the development and/or improvement of technologies that will make human Mars missions more efficient and feasible. Prior to joining Explore Mars, Rick served the National Space Society (NSS) in many capacities, including Executive Vice President, Chair of the Policy Committee, and as a member of the Board of Directors. He also served as the head of NSS’s bequest program, and as a liaison to the Society’s Board of Governors and Board of Advisors. Rick previously served the NSS as its Vice President of Public Affairs, Chair of the Policy Implementation Subcommittee, and as a member of numerous other committees. Rick founded and was president of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the NSS. In recognition of his efforts on behalf of the Society, Rick received the National Space Society’s 2008 Chris Pancratz Space Activist of the Year Award and the National Space Society’s 2010 Award for Excellence.
Rick has been a leader in developing policy and advocacy positions for the Space Exploration Alliance (a coalition of non-profit space advocacy groups), for the National Space Society, and most recently for Explore Mars, Inc. He is well-respected in the space community, particularly for his ability to help build consensus amongst diverse individuals and groups. Since 2008 and continuing to the present day, Rick has chaired the Space Exploration Alliance's annual grassroots visit to Congress known as the "Legislative Blitz". He is a member of the Space Exploration Alliance's Steering Committee. Rick also chairs Explore Mars, Inc.'s grassroots visits to Congress known as "Mars Day on the Hill", and he also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Explore Mars' online magazine, Mars Exploration Magazine.