Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs
David R. Mould
Editor's Note: Mould resigned effective Jan. 20, 2009

Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs David R. Mould David R. Mould was appointed NASA's Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs on June 20, 2005.

Image left: David R. Mould, Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs. Click to download 3.9 Mb high resolution photo. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

In his role, Mould directs internal and external communications for the agency and serves as a senior advisor to NASA's leadership. He is responsible for managing an agency-wide staff of 350 that implements all aspects of the agency's external and internal communications.

His office organizes news conferences and other media briefings, public ceremonies and special exhibits and oversees the activities of NASA's speaker's bureau, Public Inquiries Management Office, Freedom of Information Act Office, fine arts program, public tours and visitor centers.

Under Mould's direction, NASA's Office of Public Affairs produces: content for NASA's highly popular Internet homepage, and NASA Television; prepares and distributes print and broadcast news releases, brochures, speeches for the NASA Administrator and Deputy Administrator, video and photographic records of NASA mission activities and special events, and internal publications.

Before joining NASA, Mould served as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Energy, focusing on strategic communications policies in the Office of the Secretary.

Prior to entering government service, he worked as a principal and director of Washington operations for Griswold-Lesser, an Atlanta-based public affairs firm, and as vice president of communications for PG&E National Energy Group, a wholesale electricity and natural gas supplier affiliated with PG&E Corp. of San Francisco.

He also has served as director of public relations for Mirant Corp., an electricity and natural gas supplier based in Atlanta, and as media relations manager for Southern Company of Atlanta, one of the nation’s largest holding companies for electric utilities.

Mould also worked as a reporter and editor for the United Press International news agency, serving in a number of positions including managing editor for the Southern United States, foreign and national news editor, Middle East correspondent, and as a space reporter covering more than 20 shuttle missions, including the 1986 Challenger accident.

He holds a master's degree in business administration from Emory University in Atlanta and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

September 2005