Jennifer C. Kunz
Deputy Program Manager
Ground Systems Development and Operations Program
Jennifer C. Kunz was named the deputy program manager of the Kennedy Space Center's Ground Systems Development and Operations Program in June 2011. Her program is responsible for the planning and development of the required facilities; ground systems; test and verification; logistics; and prelaunch, launch and recovery operations for NASA's Space Launch System/Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle, as well as providing multiuse infrastructure to enable commercial and other government spacecraft and launch providers. She is responsible for managing a program organization that includes over 440 civil service and 1,100 contractor employees.
Kunz began her impressive career with NASA in 1991 and has made significant impacts to numerous major NASA programs: Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Constellation, and the design and development of the new Ground Systems Development and Operations. Prior to her current assignment, Kunz served as deputy director of the Constellation Project Office in support of the agency’s Constellation Program. Her organization was responsible for the planning and development of the required facilities; ground systems; test and verification; logistics; prelaunch, launch and recovery operations for NASA's lunar/Mars human exploration program.
Kunz also served as the deputy director for operations in Kennedy's International Space Station (ISS) and Payload Processing Directorate. The directorate's responsibilities included launch site processing, testing and integration of ISS hardware and payloads. While in the ISS and Payload Processing Directorate, she served as the management and past performance committee chair of the Source Evaluation Board for the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) contract. After contract award, she led the ISS Integration Branch and served as the initial CAPPS contracting officer's technical representative (COTR) and transition manager.
Kunz has received numerous honors including an Outstanding Leadership Medal, Exceptional Service Medal, Exceptional Achievement Medal, Center Director's Strategic Leadership Award, seven Center Director Gold Dollar Awards, the Kennedy Certificate of Commendation, and numerous Group Achievement Awards. She has participated in several leadership development programs, including the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, Federal Executive Institute's Leadership for a Democratic Society, and NASA's Management Education Program.
Kunz graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and received a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Auburn University in 1990. In 1994, she earned a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Central Florida. Kunz currently resides in Merritt Island with her husband Dean, who also works for NASA at Kennedy, and their two children.
March 2012Biographies - Current Employees