Alan Ladwig is currently a political appointee of the Obama Administration serving in the Office of Public Affairs as Deputy Associate Administrator for Public Outreach at NASA Headquarters. He served on the NASA Review Team for the Obama transition and upon his return to the Agency served as a Senior Advisor to the Administrator. Prior to returning to NASA Ladwig was the Manager of Space Systems for Whitney, Bradley and Brown, Inc. (WBB Consulting) and had been Sector Lead Executive for NASA business development at Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems. He served as Chief Operating Officer during the start-up phase of the Zero Gravity Corporation, a privately held space tourism and entertainment company. As Vice President of Washington Operations and Assistant to the Chairman of the Board, he established and managed the Space.com’s Washington Bureau and was responsible for business development, NASA relations, and strategic planning. Ladwig completed two previous tours at NASA. As a political appointee of the Clinton Administration from 1993 to 1994 Ladwig established and managed the Office of Policy and Plans at NASA Headquarters. From 1981 to 1989 he was a civil servant at NASA Headquarters and managed a variety of programs for the Office of Education, the Office of Space Flight and the Office of Exploration. NASA awarded Ladwig the Distinguished Service Medal, the Exceptional Achievement Medal, and two Exceptional Service Medals. He is a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society.