Lori Garver will step down as NASA deputy administrator and take up a new post with the Air Line Pilots Association, Space News reported Wednesday.
Brian Berger writes Garver will officially leave the space agency Sept 6 after four years as its number two official.
“After quite an extensive decision process, I have decided to make a career change,” Garver wrote to colleagues in an email obtained by Space News.
“It has been great working with you all these years and I’m sure that our paths will continue to cross,” she added.
“In a time of great change and challenge, she has been a remarkable leader who has consistently shown great vision and commitment to NASA and the aerospace industry,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in an agency statement.
Garver worked in space policy for most of her career, including stints at NASA and the National Space Society, as well as advisory posts at Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and the Planetary Society.
She has also advised several presidential candidates, Berger reports.