L. Seth Statler

Treasurer of the Board

L. Seth Statler

While working as a legislative aide for former U.S. 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.

Most recently, Mr. Statler served as the Associate Administrator for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), from 2009 to 2017. He managed relations with the Senate, the House of Representatives, governors, state legislators and local governments for this independent agency with a budget of nearly $20 billion. Statler rebuilt strong bipartisan support for NASA following the controversial decision to transition the popular Bush Administration Constellation Program to return astronauts to the moon and the closeout of America’s beloved Space Shuttle Program. Statler secured an extension of the International Space Station until at least 2024 and convinced a skeptical 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 to Mars. At the same time, his record-setting outreach efforts bolstered support for NASA’s aeronautics and science programs, including the James Webb Space Telescope which is on track for launch in 2018.

Prior to this appointment, 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 more than $3 million in aid to surviving children and spouses. Mr. Statler is a member of the College Park (Maryland) Volunteer Fire Department.