Deputy Chief of Staff Michael French
Image Credit: NASA/Paul Alers. Michael French serves as NASA's deputy chief of staff and as a senior advisor to NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr. and Chief of Staff David Radzanowski on agency activities, a position he has held since August 2011. In this position, he facilitates the expeditious consideration and management of actions in critical areas with which the administrator is concerned and ensures the effective flow of communications regarding the administrator's priorities and directives.
Prior to this appointment, French served as senior advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, as deputy director of Cabinet Affairs at the White House, and as counsel to the chairman of the Federal Election Commission. Prior to working in the federal government, French practiced law in the defense-aerospace sector as an attorney in Los Angeles. In 2008, French served as an in-house counsel to the Obama for America campaign and as an attorney to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.
French earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
He lives with his wife and two children in Alexandria, VA.