L. Seth Statler
Photo credit: CBP/James Tourtellotte. L. Seth Statler was appointed on September 28, 2009, to serve as associate administrator of NASA's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Statler manages relations with the United States Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, governors, state legislators and local governments for this independent agency with 18,000 federal government employees and 75,000 contractors. In that capacity, he provides executive leadership, direction and coordination of communication between NASA and all of these important officials.
Prior to this appointment, Statler served as Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Congressional Affairs at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the nation's largest law enforcement agency. CBP is responsible for protecting our nation's borders from terrorism, human and drug smuggling, illegal migration, and agricultural pests while simultaneously facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and trade. Statler played a key role in winning Congressional support for the 2003 creation of CBP and the Department of Homeland Security following the attacks of 9/11. Prior to the merger, Statler managed communications for the legacy United States Customs Service, Department of Treasury, beginning on November 30, 1997, when the Clinton Administration appointed him as Assistant Commissioner for Congressional and Public Affairs.
Statler previously worked for the House Committee on Appropriations as associate staff for Majority Leader Steny Hoyer from Maryland. Statler coordinated the Congressman's active involvement in appropriations, defense, agriculture, and fire service issues. Statler also served as a senior legislative aide to former Senator Paul Sarbanes of Maryland.
Statler earned a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, where he currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. He has completed the Program for Senior Managers in Government at Harvard's Kennedy School and The Duke Leadership Program. Statler serves as treasurer and as a director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.