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Brendan Curry

Chief of Washington D.C. Operations, The Planetary Society

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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.

Latest Articles

What's the post-election outlook for NASA and planetary exploration?

What does the political landscape look like for NASA and for The Planetary Society's 3 core enterprises of planetary exploration, the search for life, and planetary defense after the U.S.'s 2020 federal elections?

Hearing Recap: Keeping Our Sights on Mars

Highlights from the hearing, 'Keeping our Sights on Mars: A Review of NASA's Deep Space Plans' held on May 8th in the House of Representatives.

Hearing Recap: NASA’s FY 2020 Budget Request

On March 27, 2019, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies held a hearing titled, “NASA’s FY 2020 Budget Request.”

Latest Planetary Radio Appearances

Space Policy Edition: NASA's Congressional Logjam

Brendan Curry, The Planetary Society’s chief of Washington operations, helps us untangle the fast-changing and complex machinations underway in the US capitol. What does it mean for NASA?

Space Policy Edition: NASA's Post-Election Landscape

With the United States election over, Casey Dreier and Mat Kaplan welcome back Planetary Society Chief of D.C. Operations Brendan Curry for a review of what may be in store for the U.S. space program.

Space Policy Edition: NASA’s Gamble Pays Off

The safe arrival of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon at the International Space Station is a huge success for NASA and policymakers who gambled years ago on the value of commercial partnerships for the agency.