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Dean Acosta
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May 3, 2006
RELEASE : 06-212
NASA's Chief of Strategic Communications Leaves for Private Sector
NASA announced Wednesday that Joe Davis, chief of strategic communications, is leaving the agency to take a position with a private sector public affairs firm.

Davis served on the senior management team for NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, overseeing the offices of legislative, public, external affairs and education.

"Joe has been a trusted member of my management team since the day I came back to NASA," Griffin said. "He has provided sound advice and counsel regarding every facet of NASA's strategic posture. We are sorry to see him leave, but he will always be welcome at NASA. Many of us have come to know Joe as a colleague, but I also count him a friend."

"After nearly 10 years in the public sector, I felt like this was the right time for me to return to private life," Davis said. "We have made significant progress this last year and I told Mike that, as I leave NASA, I will remain committed to helping him achieve his goals for the agency. Now, I will just be doing that from the private sector."

"It has been a pleasure serving the President at the Department of Energy and at NASA."

Prior to NASA, Davis served as principal deputy director of public affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy and on the senior staff of Secretary Spencer Abraham. In the Senate, he served on the leadership staff of Senator Connie Mack and the personnel staff of then Senator Spencer Abraham. For his NASA biography, visit:

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