Jacque Lofton Brings a Smile and Laughter to the FOIA Team at Goddard
Working and laughing with her Freedom of Information Act teammates is therapy for Jacque Lofton’s soul.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Specialist, Office of Communications
Formal Job Classification:
Communications and Public Engagement Program Specialist
Organization She Works For:
Code 130, Office of Communications, Office of the Director
What is most interesting about your role here at Goddard?
Every day, I check the FOIA incoming box for new actions, continue processing active requests, and prepare for any surprises, which I know may arrive that day, such as appeals from requesters or requests from members of Congress. Anything goes in FOIA!
I work in a cubicle. I use a special FOIA database that Headquarters developed for the Agency.
I am a member of the FOIA Team for our office. We talk with each other all day long. We laugh a lot and have fun, which is our therapy for our souls and gets us through the latest crisis. When we had a backlog, I was also on the Goddard FOIA Tiger Team.
Photo of Jacque Lofton. Credit: NASA
What was your best day or the best thing that ever happened to you at Goddard?
Coming here to the Office of Communications was the best thing that ever happened to me. It is such an interesting place to work because of all the different things that we do.
What makes Goddard a great place to work?
The people at Goddard are friendly and approachable. Goddard is a very inviting, friendly place.
What lessons or words of wisdom would you pass along to somebody just starting their career at Goddard?
After almost 27 years, I would tell new people not to be afraid to keep trying new things. I’d also tell them to always network because that is how you meet people who may be able to help you get to the next level. It is the people who make the place.
If you could meet and talk to anybody, living or dead, who would it be and what’s the first thing you’d ask them?
I would like to meet Michael Jackson because he was a humanitarian, a person full of love, and a person of great humility. He loved people and that’s what I love too.
If someone made a movie about Goddard, what would it be called and who would be the stars?
I would call the movie “Climbing Higher.” President Obama would be the director. Oprah Winfrey would be the producer. For the movie stars, Sean Connery would be the astronaut, Wesley Snipes would be the scientist, and Will Smith could be the engineer. Maybe Willow Smith could be an aspiring scientist.
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