Brendan is not only a career space policy professional with decades of experience, he’s also a life-long space enthusiast. He got his start in space policy working for the congressman who represented Florida’s Space Coast at the time. Prior to working with The Planetary Society, Brendan served as Vice President of Washington Operations for the Space Foundation.
Proud to do bipartisan work with all space policy stakeholders, Brendan has experience with civil, commercial and national security space issues, including cyberspace, transportation and telecommunication policy. He engages with industry executives and officials in the Executive Branch, Congress, the White House, NASA, the Department of Defense, the National Reconnaissance Office, the State Department, and Commerce Department among others. Brendan also works with international space officials from Germany, the U.K., France, Japan, Russia, and China. He also often speaks in public forums and news media outlets.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Brendan earned his law degree from Penn State and an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Scranton. He resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife Ann, two daughters and Buckley, their West Highland Terrier. He spends weekends in the kitchen making meals for his family.
October 1st kicked off federal fiscal year 2020—a day that should also have kicked off a new budget for NASA. But Congress has not funded the space agency yet, instead passing a temporary stopgap measure to keep the government open until November 21st. Brendan Curry, The Planetary Society's Chief of D.C. Operations, joins the show to discuss the latest political developments in Washington, good news for planetary defense, and how the funding delay could spell trouble for the space agency's 2024 lunar goal.