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(Phone: 202/453-8400) RELEASE: 90-107

August 2, 1990

FINARELLI NAMED ACTING HEAD OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS

NASA Administrator Richard H. Truly has named Margaret G. Finarelli as Acting Associate Administrator for External Relations. Finarelli has served as Deputy Associate Administrator for External Relations since December 1988. Kenneth S. Pedersen, Associate Administrator for External Relations since November 1988, will be on a 1-year teaching assignment as a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., effective Aug. 6, 1990. In her new position, Finarelli will be responsible for the agency's intergovernmental, international and industry relations; and educational activities. Finarelli joined NASA in 1981 as Chief of the International Planning and Programs Office. From 1986 until December 1988, she was Director of the Policy Division in the Office of Space Station. She was NASA's chief negotiator for the international agreements which govern U.S. cooperation with Europe, Japan and Canada in the Space Station Freedom program. Prior to joining NASA, Finarelli served in a number of positions in other U.S. government agencies including Senior

Policy Analyst for International Science and Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Technical Advisor at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and received a master's degree in physical chemistry from Drexel University, Philadelphia. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has served on the Board of Directors of the International Space University and the Executive Council of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics National Capitol Section. - more -2 -

In 1985, Finarelli was awarded NASA's Exceptional Service Medal. In 1988 she was selected for the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, which recognizes outstanding service by members of the U.S. Senior Executive Service. And in 1989, she received the Women in Aerospace Outstanding Achievement Award. Pedersen has served in his present position since November 1988. He served as Deputy Associate Administrator from September 1986. During the previous 6-1/2 years, he was director of NASA's International Affairs Division with responsibility for coordinating NASA interface with international organizations and foreign governments.

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