Director, Information Technology and Communication Services
Chief Information Officer
Vanessa K. Stromer is the director of the Information Technology (IT) and Communications Services Directorate and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Her organization of 130 civil servants and 500 contractors is responsible for development, integration and operations of the IT and communications systems and services at the center. Additionally, she is responsible for ensuring that Kennedy's information systems are acquired and managed in accordance with federal requirements and agency policy.
Stromer joined Kennedy in 1988 as a digital design engineer for the Launch Processing System in the Ground Engineering Directorate. In 1992, she was assigned to the Shuttle Operations Directorate where she managed the Checkout, Control and Monitor Subsystem replacement project that replaced computer systems in seven control rooms at three NASA Centers. In 1994, Stromer became the Chief Information Officer for the Shuttle Operations Directorate. She was assigned to the Information Technology Directorate as the associate director in 1997 to form the Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA (ODIN) Office for Spaceflight Lead Service Center. She continued to consolidate Kennedy’s Information Technology services through 2003 as the chief of KSC's IT Division. In 2003, she became the chief of the CIO and IT Security Office at KSC. In this position, Stromer had centerwide responsibility for planning and managing IT security for all computer systems and IT infrastructure. In 2007, Stromer became the deputy director for the Information Technology and Communications Services Directorate and the deputy CIO for Kennedy.
Stromer received a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2012. She received a NASA Certificate of Accomplishment and a letter from the President of the United States in 2004 for her efforts in achieving the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) electronic Government initiatives. She received the Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award in 2003, an Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1999, and a Certificate of Commendation in 1997. She has participated in several leadership development programs, including a yearlong detail assignment to the Office of the CIO at NASA Headquarters, the Federal Executive Institute's Leadership for a Democratic Society program, and the agency's Management Education Program.
Stromer was born in Clanton, Alabama, and grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, where she graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1985. She earned a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Central Florida in 1991.