Stephanie Schierholz

Stephanie Schierholz is the lead spokesperson for human spaceflight at NASA Headquarters.


Stephanie L. Schierholz is responsible for leading integrated communications efforts from social media to television productions for NASA’s varied activities, including rocket launches, human and cargo missions, and spacecraft testing and development. From 2016 through 2017, she served on a special detail as acting press secretary for NASA Administrator Charles Bolden then Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot in addition to providing public affairs support for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. As press secretary, she provided communications expertise and guidance to two heads of the agency under different administrations. The high-profile international media interviews and appearances she coordinated resulted in ongoing positive coverage of NASA. Schierholz has more than 10 years’ experience leading strategic communications, media relations and public outreach efforts. She has been teaching "Social Media Strategies and Tactics" as part of Georgetown University’s Social Media Management certificate program since 2012. In 2010 she became the first social media manager at NASA Headquarters and subsequently led social media at the Fortune 500 Raytheon Company. She has won several awards for her work, including the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Social Media Manager. She also serves as a keynote speaker and panelist at social media and public relations conferences worldwide. She earned her Global M.B.A. at the McDonough School at Georgetown University and bachelor’s degrees in business administration and English.