Deputy Director of Johnson Space Center
Vanessa Wyche was named Deputy Director at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), making history as the first Black woman to ever hold the post. She previously served as the Director of the Exploration Integration and Science Directorate at JSC, where she provided executive guidance and direction of a multi-disciplined organization to enable human and robotic exploration of deep space. Before joining JSC in 1989 as an engineer, she worked for the Food and Drug Administration in DC. Over the span of her career with NASA, the South Carolina native has held several key leadership positions; in the Space Shuttle Program, as a Flight Manager, in the Constellation Program as Director of Operations and Test Integration, as Acting Director for the Human Exploration Development Support Directorate, as Associate Director of the Exploration Integration and Science Directorate and Assistant Center Director at JSC. The double Clemson University graduate is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. “I am incredibly humbled to take on this role at JSC,” Wyche said in a statement to the Houston Chronicle. “I look forward to working with the talented employees at JSC as we work toward our mission of taking humans farther into the solar system.” More here.