NASA Names Deputy Assistant Administrators for External Relations

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2004

NASA Deputy Administrator Fred Gregory today announced the appointments of Albert "Al" Condes as Deputy Assistant Administrator, and Joseph R. "Joe" Wood as Deputy Assistant Administrator (Exploration), Office of External Relations.

Condes is responsible for NASA's international activities and coordination, particularly those related to Human Space Flight and Earth Science, in the U.S government interagency process.

"Al will greatly enhance NASA's broad range of international cooperative programs and interagency activities. His proven ability to lead complex, multi-lateral negotiations and to balance diverse international requirements is outstanding," Gregory said.

Condes previously served in various positions within the Office of External Relations, most recently as Director for the Human Space Flight and Research Division. He was responsible for international cooperation within NASA's Human Exploration and Development of Space Enterprise, and Biological and Physical Research Enterprise. This included international aspects of the Space Shuttle program, the International Space Station program and cooperative initiatives with Russia.

He was a principal author of agreements with Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada for their respective participation in the International Space Station program. Condes also was Executive Secretary to the International Space Station Multilateral Coordination Board during a particularly challenging period for the Station program.

Condes has been a member of the federal Senior Executive Service since January 1999 and has received numerous NASA awards, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He has a bachelor's degree in Government and Politics from George Mason University and a master's degree in Science, Technology and Public Policy from the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University.

Wood is responsible for development of NASA's international exploration activities, particularly those related to exploration beyond low earth orbit. He also will coordinate NASA exploration policy formulation within the U.S. government interagency process.

Wood is responsible for executive leadership and policy direction for External Relations involvement with exploration activities and related international cooperation by the NASA Offices of Space Science, Exploration Systems and Aeronautics. He is responsible for coordination with other executive agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security.

"Joe brings to the Office of External Relations a unique policy perspective and broad interagency experience that will be fundamental to successful implementation of the President's vision for space exploration," Gregory said.

As Special Advisor to the Vice President for National Security Affairs at the White House in 2001-2003, Wood was responsible for space matters, European policy and Air Force issues. Wood comes to NASA after a career in the U.S. Air Force. He had assignments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the U.S. Mission to the Conventional Forces in Europe Talks, and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.

Wood is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

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