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David Radzanowski

David Radzanowski

Adjunct Faculty

David P. Radzanowski was previously the chief financial officer of The Aerospace Corporation. Radzanowski joined Aerospace in June 2020 and retired November 2021.

He currently consults part-time with The Aerospace Corporation, is an adjunct instructor for Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College program in Washington DC and has recently joined the board of directors for the Center of the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc., manager of the International Space Station National Laboratory.

Prior to joining Aerospace, he was senior vice president of the Equator Corporation where he led the strategic business functions of Australia’s multi-decade, multibillion-dollar Attack Class Future Submarine Program, the largest defense procurement program in the country’s history.

In 2014 Radzanowski was confirmed by the US Senate and appointed by President Barack Obama as chief financial officer at the National Aeronautics and Space administration (NASA). He managed a budget of nearly $20 billion, overseeing financial operations and nearly 800 employees. Radzanowski retired from the position in 2017, bringing to a close nearly 28 years of federal service.

Before serving as CFO, in 2010 Radzanowski was appointed chief of staff to NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. Prior to that, he was the deputy associate administrator for program integration for the Space Operations Mission Directorate, where he had oversight responsibility for the directorate’s administrative functions as well as space shuttle transition and retirement activities. Radzanowski joined NASA in 2006 as assistant associate administrator for the Resources Management and Analysis Office within Space Operations.

Before his term at NASA, Radzanowski served for eight years in the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in numerous positions, including deputy associate director for appropriations in the Office of Legislative Affairs, and Chief of the Science and Space Programs Branch. Prior to joining OMB, he spent eight years as an aerospace policy analyst in the Congressional Research Service on Capitol Hill, authoring more than 30 reports on space issues and testifying twice before congress on NASA issues.

Radzanowski earned his bachelor's degree in Astronomy-Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988 and a master's degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College in 1990.

He is married to Jennifer Kron of New Jersey. They reside in Washington, D.C.