|Kenny E. Aguilar is the Director of the Equal Opportunity Office for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. He is responsible for the management of the Equal Opportunity Programs for the center. He provides advice and guidance to center management about diversity; equal opportunity programs and policy as they relate to the workforce, center programs, the community, and business; and equal opportunity programs with universities.
Aguilar formerly was the Personnel Chief for KSC and was responsible for the management of personnel programs, employment, student programs, employee development/training, union management, insurance, retirement, compensation and policy development.
Aguilar began his NASA career with the Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1979. At Lewis, he was Deputy Personnel Director and for several years the Director of Equal Opportunity Programs. He joined Kennedy Space Center in 1993, in the Personnel Management Branch. Prior to NASA, he was a Personnel Director for the Ohio Youth Commission.
An Ohio native, Aguilar is married to Pam and has a daughter Maria. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in Sociology/Psychology/Business from Youngstown State University and attended graduate school at Cleveland State University.
His volunteer community service includes fourteen years (six years as president) with the Northeast Ohio Chapter of Image, a national organization concerned with employment issues of minorities and women. He has been an officer or served on the boards of the United Way; the Community Forum; the Cleveland Minority Engineering Forum, Inc.; the Esperanza Scholarship Fund; the YMCA; the Sheltered Adult Workshop (S.A.W.); and the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES).
Aguilar has received the Ohio Governor’s Award of Merit, the Community Service Award from National Image of Northeast Ohio, recognition awards from the Cleveland Federal Executive Board, NASA Exceptional Service Medals, the center’s Silver Dollar Award for Continual Improvement and the NASA/Kennedy Space Center Director’s Award.