Making an industry change to a really cool job is not always easy. Dylan Connell shares how he very intentionally moved from one industry he loved, to another that definitely fits into that “cool job” category. Now a public affairs officer at NASA, Dylan gets to do some amazing storytelling that is out of this world.
Listen in for the cool jobs conversation between Angee Linsey and Dylan Connell about working as a communicator at NASA.
Dylan Connell is a Public Affairs Officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where he manages communications for the Gateway Program, an international collaboration to establish humanity’s first space station around the Moon. Dylan has provided strategic communications counsel across NASA’s human space flight programs, including the International Space Station, SpaceX missions and the Astronaut Office. He uses strategic leadership communications, media relations and digital and social media to keep the public informed about space exploration.
Prior to NASA, Dylan was a Public & Government Affairs manager at ExxonMobil, the world’s largest publicly traded energy and chemical company where he specialized in digital and social media, media relations and leadership communications in support of corporate reputation, crisis response and global operations. His work covered a variety of geographies, cultures and pressing global issues like climate change and plastic waste. He led HQ communications, various field operations across North and South America and advised PRIDE, ExxonMobil’s global LGBT employee resource group.
Dylan graduated from the University of Missouri where he studied journalism and strategic communication. He is a fourth generation Texan with roots in the Texas Hill Country, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston areas. He golfs, travels and spends time with his dog.
He can be found on LinkedIn here.
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