September 22, 2022. Bethesda, MD – The Applied Science & Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America) today announced the appointment of Tracie Potts to its Board of Directors to provide strategic counsel and leadership.

“Tracie is an incredible leader and I am pleased to welcome her to our Board of Directors,” said Neal Orringer, President of ASTRO America. “Her addition comes at an exciting time for ASTRO; her sound judgment, breadth of experience, and perspective will be invaluable for advancing our public policy goals and  mission.”

Potts currently serves as Executive Director of the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, a public policy institute focusing on leadership and experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates. Her role as an educational leader follows more than two decades of work as a journalist – most notably, serving as Washington Correspondent for NBC News Channel and a daily contributor to ‘Early Today,’ CNBC, and more than 200 NBC affiliates. For nearly two decades immersed in our nation’s capital, Potts reported on Congress, the Supreme Court, four presidential administrations, and a wide range of public policy issues.

In addition to her role as a national news correspondent, Potts has served as an NBC University Instructor with the National Association of Black Journalists and a News Literacy Project Digital Classroom Instructor—presenting digital and virtual lessons to thousands of students worldwide to fine tune their skills of discernment and to educate them on the nuances between news and opinion. Potts serves on the Learning Heroes Advisory Board, and as vice chair of the USC Center for Health Journalism advisory board. She recently ended a two-year term on the National PTA Board of Directors and continues to serve on its governance team.

“It is a tremendous honor to join the ASTRO America team as a member of the Board of Directors,” Potts said. “One thing that I learned about myself during my more than two decades in journalism is that I have a passion for taking complicated issues and breaking them down for public consumption. The issues that ASTRO is working on aren’t just complicated, they are critical to our national security. As ASTRO expands its portfolio, I look forward to helping to ensure all stakeholders understand the good things that are happening in our think tank and research institute.”

Potts earned her Bachelor and Master of Journalism from Northwestern University. During her time as a student, she received the Newton B. Minow Prize in Communication and the Harrington Award, the Medill School of Journalism’s highest broadcast honor.

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About ASTRO America

The Applied Science and Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, non-partisan Research Institute and Think Tank. It was established in 2018 to advance the public interest through manufacturing technology and policy. Led by manufacturing professionals with broad public and private sector experience, ASTRO America supports collaborations by government agencies and companies to address supply chain challenges in highly regulated industries, including aerospace and defense.

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