Director, Systems Engineering Leadership Development
Chris serves as the Director of Systems Engineering Leadership Development within the NASA Academy of Program, Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL). In this role Chris designs and implements Agency-wide programs and conducts studies focused on enabling NASA program and engineering leaders to achieve mission success. Chris began her Federal Government career as an Oceanographer and moved to broader business management roles finally focusing her efforts on developing NASA's best and brightest. Her programs are considered cutting edge and world-class by both industry and Government standards and she is frequently invited to speak internationally on the topics of leadership development, executive coaching and the application of advances in neuroscience to improving employee learning. After receiving her BS in Oceanography, Chris graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Johns Hopkins University with an MS in Organizational Development and Applied Behavioral Science. She also obtained a certificate in business management from the Harvard Business School. Among her many awards Chris received the Leadership in Action Award from the Council for Excellence in Government, NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal, External Achievement, Creative Management, Innovative Management, and Space Flight Awareness Awards. She was also recognized as Woman of Achievement in Maryland, USA where she lives.