David Radzanowski, Chief of Staff
David Radzanowski serves as Chief of Staff and principal advisor to NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., a position he has held since May 2010.
As Chief of Staff, he facilitates the management of actions in critical areas and ensures the effective flow of communications regarding the Administrator’s priorities, messages, and directives. He directs the daily execution of NASA Headquarters functions including the Office of Evaluation and the Office of Agency Council Staff.
Prior to this appointment as Chief of Staff, he was the Deputy Associate Administrator for Program Integration for the Space Operations Mission Directorate where he had oversight responsibility for the administrative functions of the Directorate as well as Space Shuttle Transition and Retirement activities.
In February 2006, he joined NASA as Assistant Associate Administrator for the Resources Management and Analysis Office within Space Operations.
Radzanowski’s NASA career includes supporting the Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, otherwise known as the Augustine Committee, which conducted a comprehensive review of NASA’s human space flight plans. He provided assistance and guidance primarily in the areas of budget and program costing. He received a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 1999 and NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2011.
Before coming to the agency, Radzanowski served eight years at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as Deputy Associate Director for Appropriations, Office of Legislative Affairs (October 2005 – February 2006); Chief, Science and Space Programs Branch (October 2002 – October 2005); and Program Examiner for the National Science Foundation, Science and Space Programs Branch (June 1998 – October 2002).
Prior to joining OMB, Radzanowski served eight years as an analyst in aerospace policy for the Congressional Research Service on Capitol Hill. In this position, he wrote over 30 reports on space issues and testified twice before Congress on NASA issues.
Radzanowski earned his bachelor’s degree in Astronomy-Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988.
Radzanowski earned a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy in 1990.
He is married to Jennifer Kron of New Jersey. They reside in Washington, D.C.