David P. Radzanowski is chief financial officer of The Aerospace Corporation. He is responsible for providing leadership for Aerospace’s financial and business processes, including accounting, finance, corporate planning, contract administration, procurement, treasury, and risk management. Radzanowski joined Aerospace in June 2020.
Prior to joining Aerospace, he was senior vice president of the Equator Corporation where he led the strategic business functions of Australia’s multi-decade, multibillion-dollar Future Submarine Program, the largest defense procurement program in the country’s history.
Before that, Radzanowski was chief financial officer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a position to which he was confirmed by the Senate in 2014. He managed a budget of nearly $20 billion, overseeing financial operations and nearly 800 employees. Radzanowski retired from the position in 2017, bringing to a close nearly 28 years of federal service.
Before serving as CFO, in 2010 Radzanowski was appointed chief of staff and principal advisor to NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. Prior to that, he was the deputy associate administrator for program integration for the Space Operations Mission Directorate, where he had oversight responsibility for the directorate’s administrative functions as well as space shuttle transition and retirement activities. Radzanowski joined NASA in 2006 as assistant associate administrator for the Resources Management and Analysis Office within Space Operations.
Before his term at NASA, Radzanowski served for eight years in the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in numerous positions, including deputy associate director for appropriations in the Office of Legislative Affairs, and chief of the Science and Space Programs Branch. Prior to joining OMB, he spent eight years as an aerospace policy analyst in the Congressional Research Service on Capitol Hill, authoring more than 30 reports on space issues and testifying twice before congress on NASA issues.
Radzanowski holds a bachelor’s degree in astronomy-physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he graduated with honors. He earned a master’s degree, with highest distinction, in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College.
Awards and Honors
Radzanowski received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award; NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal; NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal (the agency’s highest agency honor bestowed on civil servants); four Congressional Research Service Performance Awards; and two Library of Congress Merit Awards.