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NASA Announces Senior Leadership Changes

By SpaceRef Editor
January 13, 2021
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From: HQ-NASA-INC <> 
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:00 AM
Subject: NASA Announces Senior Leadership Changes




Point of Contact: Bettina Inclán, Office of Communications, NASA Headquarters, 202-358-1600




NASA Announces Senior Leadership Changes


NASA has announced four senior leadership changes: Mike Gold as associate administrator for Space Policy and Partnerships; Karen Feldstein as associate administrator for International and Interagency Relations; Karla Smith Jackson as assistant administrator for Procurement; and Jeff Seaton as chief information officer.


As associate administrator for Space Policy and Partnerships, Gold will be responsible for formulating and leading a comprehensive strategy to integrate domestic, international, intergovernmental, and industry policy across the space domain, including priorities that enhance the resiliency and capabilities of the Artemis Program. Gold will work closely with OIIR and the Office of the General Counsel to ensure integration across relevant stakeholders.

Gold joined NASA in 2019 from Maxar Technologies, where he was the vice president for civil space and previously served as the general counsel for the company’s Radiant Solutions business unit. 


In her new role, Feldstein will provide executive leadership and coordination for NASA international and interagency activities and partnerships, and for policy interactions between NASA and other executive branch offices and agencies, including the National Security Council, the Department of State, National Space Council, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.


Feldstein has served as the deputy associate administrator for OIIR since 2016.


As the assistant administrator for Procurement effective Jan. 31, Jackson will manage NASA’s procurement operations including budget development, procurement strategy, and full life-cycle acquisition support. Jackson will oversee the ongoing transformation of procurement services to a mature, enterprise delivery model and develop policies and frameworks that enable an effective and efficient procurement strategy and uphold NASA’s commitment to small and minority-owned businesses.


Jackson joins NASA with 29 years’ experience in procurement and executing acquisition strategies, serving most recently at the Missile Defense Agency, as the acting director of acquisition and chief acquisition officer. 


As NASA’s top IT official, Seaton is responsible for ensuring the agency’s information assets are in line with federal policies, procedures and legislation. His duties include increasing collaboration among the centers and with the other Executive Branch agencies, strengthening NASA’s IT Security posture, identifying inefficiencies, managing costs in current programs, and maximizing the use of Enterprise and shared services.


Prior to his appointment as NASA’s CIO, Seaton served as acting CIO since May 2020 and as deputy CIO before that.


This notice is being sent agencywide to all employees by NASA INC in the Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters.

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