Trent J. Perrotto is the chief of the Office of Communications at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. He joined KSC in October 2015, where he oversees public affairs campaigns and media communications in support of NASA’s human exploration endeavors and science mission discoveries. Trent joined NASA in 2010 as a public affairs officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington. In this position, he served as a spokesman on NASA accomplishments, high-profile missions, policies, and breaking news; and provided strategic communication support to NASA management.
Prior to joining NASA, Trent served as division chief for Democracy and Global Issues in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in Washington. In this capacity, he oversaw the digital diplomacy initiatives to directly engage overseas audiences on key issues of international importance, including climate change and human rights.
Before joining the State Department, Trent served as communications manager of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, overseeing communications projects on foreign policy topics ranging from nuclear nonproliferation to global trade. Prior to Carnegie, he worked as senior account executive at the public affairs firm Powell Tate | Weber Shandwick and communications coordinator for the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland.
Trent holds a Master’s degree in Political Communication from the University of Leeds in England and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida. He lives in Melbourne, Florida, with his wife Melissa, their adorable son Oliver, and their terrible puggle D'Artagnan.