L. Seth Statler

Treasurer of the Board

L. Seth Statler

While working as a legislative aide for former Senator Paul Sarbanes from Maryland, Mr. Statler led successful efforts to secure national recognition of the Emmitsburg memorial in 1990 and to create the Foundation in 1992. Mr. Statler also advised Majority Leader Steny Hoyer from Maryland on fire service, appropriations, defense and other issues.
Currently, Mr. Statler serves as the Director of Government Affairs for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Statler heads the Washington office of this global nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. Established in 1896, NFPA delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy. Statler manages NFPA’s critical relationships with the Congress, the Executive Branch, and the government affairs offices of major fire service, safety and standards organizations.

From 2009 to early 2017, Mr. Statler served as the Associate Administrator for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He managed relations with the Congress, governors, state legislators and local governments for this independent agency with a budget of nearly $20 billion. Statler rebuilt strong bipartisan support for NASA, secured an extension of the International Space Station until at least 2024, and convinced Congress to fund not just a commercial cargo program but commercial crew services as well. As the longest serving leader ever of NASA’s legislative efforts, Statler also won strong support for the Space Launch System and the Orion capsule that will take American astronauts back into deep space. At the same time, he bolstered support for NASA’s aeronautics and science programs, including the James Webb Space Telescope.
Prior to NASA, Mr. Statler served as Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Congressional Affairs at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the nation’s largest law enforcement agency. He played a key role in winning Congressional support for the 2003 creation of CBP and the Department of Homeland Security following the attacks of 9/11. Prior to the merger, Mr. Statler managed communications for the legacy United States Customs Service, Department of Treasury, beginning in late 1997 when he was appointed Assistant Commissioner for Congressional and Public Affairs.
Mr. Statler, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, has chaired the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee since its inception. In that role, he has directed the growth of the Sarbanes Scholarship Program which has awarded about $4 million in aid to surviving children and spouses. Mr. Statler is a member of the College Park (Maryland) Volunteer Fire Department.