Mr. Jeff Nesbit, a senior communications strategist with 25 years of experience working in the national media, Congress, the Food and Drug Administration, the White House and Private Industry, was appointed director of the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Nesbit oversees the agency's communication activities with the public, Congress, the news media, states and governors and various scientific, engineering and education organizations. He began his duties at NSF on June 12, 2006.
Nesbit managed a successful strategic communications consulting business for more than a decade. His clients and projects included dozens of national nonprofit, trade associations, media companies, Fortune 500 companies, major health foundations, public relations agencies and advocacy organizations such as the Discovery Health Channel, the American Heart Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Red Cross, Porter-Novelli, CTIA-the Wireless Association, the Koop-Kessler Committee on Tobacco Policy and Public Health, Burson-Marsteller, the Kaiser Family Foundation and a number of major pharmaceutical companies.
He was former Vice President Dan Quayle's communications director at the White House, and a senior public affairs official in the U.S. Senate and federal agencies such as the FDA. Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler credited Nesbit with convincing the FDA to regulate the tobacco industry in the early 1990s ("A Question of Intent"). Nesbit was also a national journalist with Knight-Ridder, ABC News' (now defunct) Satellite News Channels, nationally syndicated columnist Jack Anderson and others, and managed his own public affairs consulting company. He is now the Director of Legislative and Public Affairs at the National Science Foundation.
He and Ramona Tucker co-founded OakTara Publishers (www.oaktara.com), an inspirational fiction publishing house, in 2006.