Editor's Note: Robert Hopkins resigned from the agency.
Image left: Robert P. Hopkins, NASA's Chief of Strategic Communications. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.
Chief of Strategic Communications
Robert P. Hopkins
Robert P. Hopkins became NASA's Chief of Strategic Communications, effective June 6, 2007. The position oversees the Offices of Communications Planning, Education, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Affairs. He is also the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Communications Planning (OCP). OCP provides long-term strategic communications messaging and planning and performs vital outreach coordination functions across NASA program offices, mission directorates and centers. OCP also manages all agency commercial strategic partnerships and alliances. Previously, Hopkins served as the senior advisor to NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale.
Prior to joining NASA, Hopkins served as Associate Administrator of Public Affairs for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Hopkins' other government service includes directing communications for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he was responsible for directing strategic communications and coordinating communications on science and technology issues across government agencies. Prior to that he worked as External Affairs Director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There he directed proactive outreach to inform multiple stakeholder groups of agency actions, policies and programs. He also conducted long-term, strategic media relations programs, including the development of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems and coordinated interagency communications for the first Earth Observation Summit.
Prior to joining government, Hopkins held management roles with several strategic communications firms working in the high-tech sector and worked with several political campaigns. A Navy veteran, Hopkins earned a bachelors degree from the University of Maryland and a masters degree from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.