WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Megan Powers has been selected by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to be the agency’s press secretary, working in the Office of Communications.
As press secretary, Powers will act as a chief agency spokesperson, support Administrator Bridenstine’s media requests, provide strategic communications planning and execution, and serve as a senior advisor for the administrator.
“We’re fortunate to have Megan join the NASA team,” said Bridenstine. “Her experience is perfect to help us explain all the exciting missions and projects we’re starting now for long-term exploration and development of the Moon, including returning astronauts to the surface.”
Prior to joining NASA, Powers served in the Executive Office of the President at the White House as the Senior Lead Press Representative. Her role at the White House involved traveling domestically and internationally on behalf of the president and the administration. Her responsibilities included representing the White House in press negotiations with external entities, facilitating coverage of and access to the president by the White House Correspondents’ Association and shaping messaging strategy for events outside the White House.
Powers is a graduate of New York University with a degree in Public Policy and Communications from the Gallatin School.
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Editor’s Note: Powers graduated from NYU in 2015, worked on the Trump campaign and transition for 19 months, and then served in the White House press office for 15 months. That adds up to less than three years of professional PR experience. And then she gets appointed as press secretary for a $20 billion government agency with no apparent prior expertise in the space industry. And she’s what? All of 24 or 25 years old?
It’s going to be interesting. There’s Public Affairs staff at NASA Headquarters and at field centers spread around the country. Most of them will be older and more experience than Powers. I could see some real challenges there.
Did she get the job because of loyalty to Donald Trump? Or is she really bringing some much needed expertise to NASA? I’d really hate to see NASA Public Affairs turn into some version of the White House’s shambolic daily press briefing.
Let’s be clear: this has nothing to do with gender. It’s about experience and expertise. So, I will delete any sexist comments and ban people as appropriate.