Editor's note: Joe Davis announced his resignation from NASA in May 2006.
Chief of Strategic Communications
Joe Davis is the Chief of Strategic Communications for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Serving in the Office of the NASA Administrator, Mr. Davis sets overall communications and outreach strategy for NASA and coordinates the activities of the Offices of Public Affairs, Legislative Affairs, External Affairs and the Office of Education. He serves as a member of senior management, determining policy and budget priorities for NASA. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service.
Image left: Joe Davis, Chief of Strategic Communications. Click to download 5.2 Mb high resolution photo. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.
Prior to joining NASA, he held the post of principal deputy director of Public Affairs for the United States Department of Energy. He served as the spokesperson for the Secretary of Energy and the Department of Energy. He served as a member of the Department's management committee and was responsible for all national, international and local public affairs activities for the Department.
While at DOE, Mr. Davis directed public affairs campaigns on such high-profile policy initiatives as the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, comprehensive energy legislation, security and budget issues and other issues involving various political, business, and policy constituencies. He has extensive experience in crisis communications.
Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Mr. Davis served as the communications director and spokesperson for U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham. He was responsible for building public relations campaigns in support of successful legislative initiatives like the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act, the Date-Rape Drug Prohibition Act and the Electronic Signatures (E-Sign) in Global and National Commerce Act. He also handled public affairs for the Senator's Budget; Judiciary; and Commerce, Science and Transportation Committees service.
Also while in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Davis was communications director and spokesperson for the Senate Republican Conference, under the chairmanship of U.S. Senator Connie Mack. He was responsible for communications and public affairs activities for the Republican caucus and its legislative agenda.
Prior to his employment on Capitol Hill, Mr. Davis was a senior manager of media relations for the United States Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers. He is a veteran of several Washington-based trade associations and numerous political campaigns.
He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and holds the unusual distinction of being the only student in the history of the University of Tennessee to play both for the Pride of the Southland Marching Band and the football team. Mr. Davis resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Melanie, and their daughter Mackenzie.