As Senior Government Relations Manager, Matt is the day to day face of The Society and its members in Washington, D.C. Working closely with the Director of Space Policy and the Space Policy Advisor, Matt builds and maintains relationships with Congressional offices and the Administration that directly translate into policy gains for Society members.
Matt brings several years of government experience to the table, having formally served as a congressional staffer to Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02), acting as Rep. Larsen’s policy advisor for science and technology, among other issues. Matt also served for a year as the Senior Congressional Liaison at the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C., covering a portfolio that included science, technology, foreign affairs and defense.
In addition to being a returned United States Peace Corps Volunteer, Matt has an M.A. in Government and International Relations from the University of Sydney, and a B.A. in Political Science from Washington State University.
Society members from 21 states descended on the U.S. capitol for a "blitz" of 178 meetings in two days. Casey and special guest Matt Renninger explain why that is such an important activity, and blitzers Leah and Stefanie Griffith share their story of coming to Washington to speak for space.
This year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is being held in Adelaide, Australia. Thanks to the generous support of our members, The Society’s advocacy and outreach capability is rapidly expanding, and we decided to step up our IAC advocacy this year.