The Mars Generation operates as a volunteer driver organization. Our staff members dedicate their time and energy to create, manage and run The Mars Generation programs and help reach our mission. If you are interested in joining our staff please go to our open positions and application page here. Thank you!
Nicole has a passion for eduction and working to create innovative and new approaches to helping youth succeed. Nicole started her career as an inner-city high school teacher working in an alternative school in Minneapolis. After six years of teaching Nicole joined the nonprofit sector as the Marketing and Development Director of a MicroGrants an organization that provides $1,000 grants to disadvantaged people to advance a business or help a person gain employment. Nicole Left MicroGrants to run the digital strategy of the successful 2009 Minnesota gubernatorial campaign for Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. After her campaign experience Nicole started her own company, SocialNicole, a boutique digital marketing agency that focuses on helping businesses and entrepreneurs leverage social media and digital marketing to grow their businesses. Nicole also happens to be Astronaut Abby‘s mom and helped Abby co-found The Mars Generation is 2015. You can learn more about Nicole and Abby’s story here.
While native to the Toledo, Ohio area, Nicole Chase is currently residing in Portland, Oregon. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, with a minor in General Sciences, and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, with a minor in Chemistry, from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and currently, she’s a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Graduate Certificate student at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. In the future, she plans to get her MS degree in a field that closely aligns with these above research interests. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys cycling, hiking, playing her clarinet, baking (along with experimenting in the kitchen), and enjoying the natural geological beauty that is Portland and the Pacific Northwest.
Becca Browder is a blog editor and writer at The Mars Generation. She earned her Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, but stays true to her Texas roots. She has worked as a thermal engineering intern in Mission Control for the International Space Station program and as a space policy intern for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation in Washington, DC. Becca currently works as a consultant for Deloitte, specializing in technology transformations for aerospace companies.