Nick Saab

Nick leads Lewis-Burke’s space practice and leverages his deep expertise in space policy to provide clients with current and anticipated trends and opportunities across the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) portfolio of human exploration and scientific research missions, as well as at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Defense (DOD).  Space has always been a passion for Nick, and at the outset of his professional career, he co-founded and managed advocacy operations for a non-profit aimed at raising awareness and support for increasing NASA’s budget.  He maintains strong bipartisan relationships on Capitol Hill and works successfully with congressional committees, personal offices, and agency and White House offices to advance client priorities.

Nick also leads the firm’s portfolio of transportation and infrastructure issues, providing expertise to clients on Department of Transportation-wide priorities and guidance on targeted agency engagement.  He gained experience on these issues while at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), where he focused on policy, legislation, and grassroots advocacy relating to transportation, infrastructure, and STEM issues.  Nick also provides guidance and insight to the firm’s clients on research priorities and direction of Department of Energy (DOE), basic research in the Office of Science and Applied research across DOE, including renewable energy, grid modernization, and others.

Issue Expertise: Appropriations and budget issues, national security space and civilian space research and policy, human spaceflight, astronomy and astrophysics, planetary science, earth science and environmental research, aeronautics, transportation and infrastructure R&D, renewable energy and energy efficiency, U.S. electric grid modernization and security, and large scientific research facilities and aeronautics.

Additional Experience:  Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Nick honed his advocacy skills as a Public Affairs Specialist with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) where he managed a portfolio that included NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Energy (DOE).  Nick gained policy experience on Capitol Hill interning in the U.S. House of Representatives and then as the legislative director of a non-profit focused on NASA and U.S. space policy.

Vital Statistics: Nick was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earned a degree in political science from the University of Minnesota. A Midwesterner through-and-through, Nick enjoys fried cheese curds, snowstorms, and spending time with his wife, their two sons, and dog.