Meet the NASA Transition Team

Below are biographies for President-Elect Barack Obama’s NASA Transition Team.

Lori Garver is currently the President of Capital Space, LLC. For the past 25 years, Garver has been a leader in the aerospace community, working in senior roles in the non-profit, government and commercial sectors, including serving as executive director of the National Space Society and as a Vice President of DFI International. In addition, Garver previously served as NASA’s Associate Administrator of Policy.

Roderic (“Roddy”) Olvera Young is Senior Vice President of TMG Strategies, directing the firm’s Technology and Environment team and providing strategic counsel to the firm’s clients on their high profile conflict and crisis issues across a range of industries. He previously worked on Banking and Appropriations Committee assignments and served as the Press Secretary to NASA’s Administrator as a Presidential appointee.

George Whitesides was selected for the position of executive director for the National Space Society (NSS), in March 2004. The NSS, which is headquartered in Washington, is an independent, international, educational, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a space faring civilization, with more than 22,000 members. Prior to his position at the NSS, from May 2001 until February 2004, Mr. Whitesides was the founder and director of Permission to Dream, a global space education program concerned with connecting underprivileged children with space and astronomy. From June 2002 until January 2003, he was Vice President of Marketing for Zero Gravity Corporation. Mr. Whitesides received an undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1996, he was a Fulbright Scholar from October 1996 until June 1997, and he received a Masters of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge in England in 2000. (Bio via FAA COMSTAC page)

Alan Ladwig joined Whitney, Bradley & Brown, Inc. in February 2007, as the Manager of Space Systems Consultancy. His responsibilities include developing a new business unit dedicated to technical and management consulting services for the civil and commercial space sectors. Alan has more than 30 years of experience in senior management positions with NASA, commercial space companies, media companies, and non-profit organizations. (Full bio)

Edward Heffernan was formerly NASA’s Chief of Staff under Administrator Daniel Goldin. He headed up the space agency’s legislative affairs efforts. After leaving NASA, he became senior vice president of government relations for Safeco, an insurance company.

Heffernan joined NASA in April 1994 as a legislative policy specialist for the Space Station Information Center. He also served as Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of Policy and Plans, before becoming White House Liaison and later, Associate Administrator for Legislative Affairs. Prior to arriving at NASA, he was a consultant in Washington, DC. From 1987 to 1992, he served as a legislative assistant to the U.S. Congressman Richard J. Durbin (D-IL).