Cynthia Bouthot

Space Commerce Matters

Cynthia is President of Space Commerce Matters, a company focused on driving innovation and commercialization critical to the creation of a robust space economy. SCM brings many years of experience to the commercial space industry and is focused on helping clients to innovate, commercialize and capitalize in LEO. Prior to SCM, Cynthia spent 8 years at the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) building strategies, methodologies and open innovation competition programs to generate non-traditional commercial demand. As a founding member of CASIS, Cynthia established and developed the demand model for private sector entities, focused on utilization and value creation, which ultimately led to more than 55% of research on board the ISS National Lab being conducted by commercial businesses. Many of these were iconic Fortune 500 companies that have generated over $143M in direct funding, and an additional $33M of third-party-funded sponsored programs. Before joining CASIS, Cynthia spent 9 years working in innovation and new market creation across Europe and Asia. Latterly, she was the Consul, and head of Trade and Investment for the British Consulate in Boston and created a new role as Head of Innovation and R&D for the whole of the UK and US, with a special focus on space and life sciences.

She has broad experience in both the public and private sectors. She directed management systems for the MA Port Authority and headed up the State’s trade office in London. While in the private sector, Cynthia spent a large part of her career leading change initiatives and implementing challenging technology programs. Cynthia was Global Lead of Business Readiness for EMC’s ERP implementation, and as Director of Industry Consulting at Benchmarking Partners, she worked with a range of public and private clients on technology change initiatives.

Cynthia regularly speaks to audiences and moderates panels on innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship. She has many professional affiliations including being on the Board of Directors for both Mass Challenge and Mass Ventures – an appointment from Governor Charlie Baker. Cynthia began her career with Honeywell Bull in finance and auditing. She holds a B.S. (magna cum laude) from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management with a major in Finance and a master’s degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University.