The Resilience Expert
Country: USA (Mexican & Native American roots)
Profile: Yvette Gonzalez was raised in El Paso, Texas. Of Native American heritage, she aims to be one of the many future Native Americans to conduct research in space and lunar habitats. Yvette is a human resilience expert, space sustainability strategist, and scientist-astronaut candidate. With 20 years of experience in rebuilding communities in active war, conflict, natural disasters, and epidemiological outbreaks, she now focuses her skills on human factors in space technology and experience. Her transition is an example of the possibility of commercial sector space opportunity. She is an active member of Women in Aerospace - Europe, and has trained with the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) on analog missions.
What she says: "Space science, and the advent of commercial spaceflight, reshaped a commitment in me to give back to humanity. That it is possible and that I can contribute meaningfully. Space really does need everyone, so no matter your education, upbringing, gender, socio-economic status, or passport - you can participate. In fact, it is diversity that fuels advancements."