Our Board

The Secure World Foundation was established in December, 2002 as an endowed, private, operating family foundation by Marcel and Cynda Collins Arsenault who wished to put their financial resources to work toward creating a stable and secure world for future generations.  They have a strong belief in the capacity of the world to solve problems with intellect, wisdom and compassion.  The Board of Directors is comprised of Arsenault family members (Family Directors) and elected Community Directors.  The Board relies heavily on the expertise of their staff and Advisory Committee to set the direction and goals of the Foundation.

CyndaCynda Collins Arsenault, Co-founder, Board Chair and President. She also co-founded and serves on the Boards of the Arsenault Family Foundation and One Earth Future, an operating foundation working to catalyze systems that eliminate the root causes of war. She has 45+ years of experience in non-profit work including peace and justice, criminal justice, mental health, disability rights and environmental issues.

In her personal philanthropy she focuses on bringing women’s critical skills to the table for solving the difficult problems we face, with a focus on women, peace and security. She helped establish and works with One Earth Future’s initiative Our Secure Future - Women Make the Difference. She is a member of the Women's Donor Network, Women Moving Millions, and The International Women’s Forum. She is the founder of Women Powering Change, an annual gathering of women working to create a better world.

Ms. Collins Arsenault received her BA in Sociology and Psychology at University of California Berkeley and her MA in Education from Colorado State University.

Marcel-imageMarcel Arsenault, with his wife Cynda Collins Arsenault, is co-founder of One Earth Future, as well as the Arsenault Family Foundation and the Secure World Foundation. Through these foundations, Marcel pursues his passion of promoting systems of governance which prevent war.

Marcel served as a board member for MARC for 5 years (currently Arc Thrift-funding advocacy and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities).  His achievements have won him numerous awards including the “Conservationist Award” for his participation in Open Space projects in Boulder, Colorado and the distinguished “Steven B. Hart” award from the Colorado Historical Society for restoring the Tabor residence and the Tabor Grand Hotel in Leadville.  He was also Vice Chair of Eco-Cycle Boulder, one of the earliest and largest non-profit recycling organizations in the United States.

As founder of Real Capital Solutions, Marcel oversees a portfolio exceeding $1.5 billion in real estate assets.  He has delivered numerous presentations to various universities and real estate organizations.  He has authored several articles on real estate, including one academic publication, and is a contributing author of How to Build a Real Estate Empire.

He earned a B.S. degree from McGill University and was working toward a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Colorado when he started his career as an entrepreneur.


SWF_Boardmember _Rachel _YatesRachel Yates is the first Community Director elected to the SWF Board in July 2013.  In April 2013, Ms. Yates began working with the Presbyterian Church (USA) in support of its World Mission activities.  She conducts outreach to congregations in the Western U.S. from her office in Denver, Colorado.  Prior to joining the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Ms. Yates practiced law at Holland & Hart beginning in 1990, after she graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Law.  During that time, Ms. Yates served for five years as the Administrative Partner of the firm's Denver Tech Center Office and was the Chair of the firm’s aerospace law group. In service to the firm's aerospace industry clients, Ms. Yates advised them on government contracting and risk avoidance issues. She actively participated in the Colorado Space Coalition. In that capacity, she testified to the Colorado federal congressional delegation on export controls, drafted working documents analyzing the impacts on industry, and proposed legislatives solutions. She also prepared a summary of U.S. aerospace laws and regulations, for use by a foreign space agency.  In addition, Ms. Yates worked closely with her client, the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation, to present practical and real-world advice at the International Space Symposium, in Toulouse, France, and the National Space Symposium held annually in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ms. Yates has published and presented on commercial spaceflight law nationally and abroad: Conference of the Americas (2010, Pachuca, Mexico); International Bar Association (2012 (Dublin), 2011 (Dubai), 2010 (Vancouver), 2008, Buenos Aires); the International Institute of Space Law (2006, Valencia); the University of Nebraska Law School (2008); and University of Colorado School of Law (2009).

Ms. Yates received her Certificate of Completion from the International Space University (ISU) Summer Session Program 2003, held in Strasbourg, France. In addition to coursework in space policy and law, this program involved an intensive interdisciplinary curriculum covering the principal space-related fields, including spacecraft design and engineering, satellite applications, orbital mechanics, life sciences, physical sciences, and business management. During the program, she co-authored TRACKS to Space: Technology Research and Cooperative Knowledge Sharing, a report on innovative space technologies commissioned by the European Space Agency.

Dr. Andrew "Andy" Aldrin was elected to the SWF Board in 2014, and is also Vice President of the Board of Directors for Buzz Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation.  Dr. Aldrin has 20+ years of business leadership and policy experience in high-profile, aerospace companies. Prior to being President of Moon Express, a position he held until recently, he was Director of Business Development and Advanced Programs at United Launch Alliance (ULA) where he oversaw development of corporate strategies, business capture, senior customer relations and advanced program development for civil space markets. Before ULA, Dr. Aldrin headed Business Development and Advanced Programs for Boeing’s NASA Systems, and Launch Services business units. He has also served as a Resident Consultant at the RAND Corporation and Professional Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses.

He has also been Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston and California State University at Long Beach. Dr. Aldrin holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA, an MBA from TRIUM, an MA in Science Technology and Public Policy from The George Washington University, a BA in International Relations from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and is a graduate and Adjunct Faculty member of the International Space University.

Dr. Aldrin is currently a Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and has written on a range of issues related to international security and space exploration. In addition, he has been on the Board of Directors and is a Program Chair of the Sea-Space Symposium since 2004.The Sea-Space Symposium was created in 1970 to bring together eminent leaders in aerospace and undersea exploration.  

Last updated on November 29, 2018