As Chief Advocate, Casey is the public face of The Planetary Society's efforts to advance planetary exploration, planetary defense, and the search for life. He educates and empowers the organization's members to take political action. He writes, teaches, and speaks to The Society's members, the public, and policymakers to impress upon them the importance, relevancy, and excitement of space exploration.
Casey is committed to demystifying the politics and policy process behind space exploration for all audiences. He is a trusted source for journalists and has been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Vox, and The Verge, to name a few. He also has appeared as an expert on BBC News and both seasons of National Geographic's MARS series as a "MARS Big Thinker".
As Senior Space Policy Adviser Casey helps lead the strategic planning of The Society's policy and advocacy efforts. He works closely with The Society's leadership, its Board of Directors, and other policy experts to craft the organizational positions and goals regarding the future of space exploration. He provides trusted analysis of the budgetary, political, and policy decisions relating to space, pursues original research, and works collaboratively to generate policy ideas and guidance for the U.S. space program.
He also co-hosts the podcast Planetary Radio: Space Policy Edition, which has been published monthly since 2016.
Casey has taught the occasional upper-level Honors Seminar at Western Washington University on space politics and history. He has a degree in Physics with a concentration in Astronomy from Oberlin College.
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