As deputy administrator of NASA, Lori Garver is NASA’s second in command. She works closely with its administrator to provide leadership, planning, and policy direction for the agency. Together they represent NASA to the Executive Office of the President, Congress, heads of government agencies, international organizations and external organizations and communities. She also oversees the work of NASA’s functional offices.
Lori’s confirmation as deputy administrator marks the second time she has worked for NASA. Her first period of service to the agency was from 1996 to 2001. She first served as a special assistant to the NASA administrator and senior policy analyst for the Office of Policy and Plans, before becoming the associate administrator for the Office of Policy and Plans. She oversaw the analysis, development and integration of policies and long-range plans, the NASA Strategic Management System, and the NASA Advisory Council.
Early in her career Lori landed a job with Sen. John Glenn and then went on to serve in a variety of senior roles in the nonprofit, government and commercial sectors. She was the lead civil space policy advisor for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and led the agency review team for NASA during the post-election transition. Previously, she served as the lead space policy advisor for the Hillary Clinton and John Kerry campaigns for president and represented them at various events and conferences. She was a member of the NASA Advisory Council, a guest lecturer at the International Space University, president and board member of Women in Aerospace, and president of the American Astronautical Society.
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Read more about Lori here.
Watch Lori’s informative TedX talk on the future of NASA.
Here is an interview with Lori in which she elaborates on increasing partnerships with private industry leaders.