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NASA’S Michael Marlaire joins Joint Venture

NASA Research Park director to head special projects

Michael MarlaireDecember 2, 2014 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley announced today that longtime NASA Research Park director Michael Marlaire has been detailed to Joint Venture to head special projects for the next two years.

A 28-year veteran of the space agency, Marlaire has been director of the NASA Research Park (NRP) at NASA’s Ames Research Center since 2006, directing partnership development, land use planning, leasing, property management and intergovernmental relations related to development.

Based in Silicon Valley since 1991, Marlaire served as NASA Ames Director of External Affairs, leading Ames partnerships with regional academic, business and political leaders while developing what became the NASA Research Park.

“I am so excited to be working with the leading Silicon Valley organization that’s addressing the many issues facing our quality of life,” said Marlaire. “I hope my long experience in the valley will be an immediate asset to pursuing Joint Venture’s goals.”

“Michael Marlaire’s vast experience, knowledge and relationship building skills are a perfect fit for Joint Venture and the collaborative work we do,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture. “We’re fortunate to have him on our team.”

Marlaire has been a member of Joint Venture’s Climate Prosperity task force since 2008 and has consulted with the organization on disaster preparedness and other regional initiatives. Marlaire also serves on the NOVA Workforce Investment Board since 2003.

Marlaire, who has received numerous honors for his work with NASA including the Outstanding Leadership Medal, previously worked on the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Appropriations Committees in Washington, D. C.

He joined the federal government at NASA headquarters in 1986 as a Presidential Management Fellow. He holds a law degree, master’s degrees in public financial administration and American history and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science, all from Southern Illinois University.

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