Phil Larson is the Assistant Dean for Strategy, Planning, and Communications for the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. In that role, he leads overall strategy and planning for the college. He also oversees engineering communications efforts internal to the College, across campus, and with external stakeholders.
Before joining CU Boulder, Phil was part of Elon Musk's SpaceX team, supporting communications efforts as well as managing corporate projects. He led major communications rollouts, including a university student STEM competition, and a first-of-its-kind Mars partnership with NASA. He also collaborated with the FAA, NASA, Department of Defense, U.S. industry and foreign entities on SpaceX launch campaigns.
Previously, he served as the Senior Advisor for Space and Innovation at the White House, where he served from 2009 to 2014. At the White House, Phil coordinated strategic communications across multiple federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education, and Energy. He also spent time in the White House Office of Management and Budget helping to craft NASA's budget and policy priorities.
Phil is a member of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Commercial Space Operations advisory board, as well as the Science and Entertainment Exchange at the National Academy of Sciences. He received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace studies, with minors in space studies, psychology, human factors and communications, from Embry-Riddle. He completed graduate coursework in science and technology policy from The George Washington University before taking a job in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2009.