Press Release

NASA Administrator Announces Senior Leadership Updates

By SpaceRef Editor
September 4, 2020
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Subject: NASA Administrator Announces Senior Leadership Updates
Date: September 4, 2020 at 11:02:48 AM EDT
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Point of contact: Bettina Inclán, Office of Communications, NASA Headquarters, 202-358-1600

NASA Administrator Announces Senior Leadership Updates

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has announced updates in senior leadership positions at Headquarters in Washington, including Stephen Shinn becoming acting Chief Financial Officer (CFO). 
Shinn has been the Deputy Chief Financial Officer since May. As Deputy CFO, he’s responsible for managing agencywide activities related to financial operations and developing and implementing financial and resource strategies that enable the achievement of NASA’s strategic plan and overall mission. Shinn previously served as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Center Operations where he provided executive leadership and integrated key transformational efforts for the Office of Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) enterprise and agency. Prior to his transition to NASA Headquarters, Shinn served as the CFO for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Melanie Saunders, who has served as acting Chief Financial Officer since February 2020, will return to her position as NASA Deputy Associate Administrator. She has held that position since 2018.
Cathy Mangum, who has been the acting Deputy Associate Administrator while Saunders was acting CFO, will continue to lead the agency’s COVID-19 response and other agency priorities. 
“I appreciate Melanie and Cathy stepping up and taking on these critical positions, especially during this unprecedented year with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Administrator Bridenstine. “And I’m confident in Steve’s leadership while we await Senate confirmation of the President’s NASA CFO nominee.” 
The leadership updates will be effective Tuesday, Sept. 8.
More information about Shinn is available at:
More information about Saunders is available at:
More information about Mangum is available at:

SpaceRef staff editor.