Dr. Jan Brecht-Clark is the new director of the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing. She has held the post since December 17, 2012. The previous director, Anthony Russo, is now the chief program engineer in the Space Communications and Navigation Division of NASA.
The National Coordination Office for Spaced-Based PNT is the permanent staff of the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing. It is the central node within the government for GPS-related policy matters.
Brecht-Clark is a Senior Executive Service (SES) official from the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). She is recognized in the areas of research and policy development related to transportation safety and security. She has more than 30 years of experience with federal and state government offices as well as industry firms.
In 2011-2012, Brecht-Clark served for 19 months as the Counselor for Transportation with the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Appointed by the Secretary of Transportation, she managed a team of professionals from across DOT, working to assist the government of Afghanistan in developing their governance capacity over transportation assets and responsibilities. Her team assisted the Afghan government in the design and approval of both a civil aviation authority and a railroad authority.
Russo served as the director from January 19, 2010, to December 14, 2012. During that time, he was also an SES official from the DOT’s RITA. Russo also served as deputy director of the National Coordination Office from 2007 to 2009. During that time, he was an active duty Air Force Colonel representing the Department of Defense.