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Chief of Staff
John D. Schumacher
NASA Chief of Staff John D. Schumacher. Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls. Image left: Chief of Staff John D. Schumacher. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

Mr. Schumacher became the Chief of Staff for NASA in July 2003. As Chief of Staff, he works with the Administrator and senior NASA leadership to shape the strategic direction of the agency and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of NASA Headquarters. Mr. Schumacher previously served as NASA's Assistant Administrator for External Relations. He joined NASA in June of 1989, and served as Advisor to the Administrator until January 1991, when he became the Deputy Associate Administrator for External Relations.

Mr. Schumacher came to NASA from the New York law firm of Rogers & Wells, where he was engaged in corporate practice. He served on active duty in the U. S. Navy, at sea aboard USS GUADALCANAL, and ashore in the space and electronic warfare directorates of the Joint Staff and Navy Staff. He is a Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and has commanded four Naval Reserve units.

Mr. Schumacher graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1976. He earned a master's degree from Georgetown University, a law degree from Columbia University, and a certificate with honors in International and Foreign Law. He is a member of the New York Bar, the American Bar Association and the U.S. Naval Institute. He also serves on the Board of Servant Leaders of Living Savior Lutheran Church, Fairfax Station, Virginia.

His awards include the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive and Meritorious Executive; the NASA Distinguished Service Medal; and the Legion of Merit.

Mr. Schumacher was born in New York City, New York. He and his wife Adrienne reside in Northern Virginia. They have three children -- Mark, John, and Kristen.

March 2004