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Departure of NASA Deputy Administrator Garver

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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It is with a bittersweet mixture of pride and sadness that I inform you that NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver has decided to leave the agency to become the new General Manager of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA).  ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world, representing more than 50,000 pilots at 33 U.S. and Canadian airlines. In her new role, Lori will be responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the Association and managing a 300-person staff.  

I have had the pleasure and honor of working side by side with Lori for the past four years, as we sought to position the agency for 21st century space flight, scientific discovery and deep space exploration.  She has been an indispensable partner in our efforts to keep NASA on a trajectory of progress and innovation.  In a time of great change and challenge, she has been a remarkable leader who has consistently shown great vision and commitment to NASA and the aerospace industry.  Lori has led the way on so many of the Obama Administration’s space priorities, including our commercial crew and cargo program, the re-establishment of a space technology mission directorate, our use of challenges and prizes, and our unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion.  As one of only a few top women leaders in the aerospace industry, she has been an extraordinary role model for young girls, inspiring them to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and pursue their dreams in space and here on Earth.  

While I am sorry to be losing such a talented and passionate co-pilot, I am happy that Lori is continuing to pursue her dreams and make her mark in the aerospace industry.  Her last day at NASA will be Sept. 6, and she assumes her new role at ALPA on Sept. 9.  I will personally miss her candid and sage advice and good humor.  Lori will always be a great friend to me and to our agency.  Please join me in wishing her all the best. 

Charlie B. 

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