NASA's Audrey Robinson Named Director of Marshall Center's Equal Opportunity Office
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
News release: 05-005
Audrey Robinson has been named director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
The office is responsible for the Marshall Center's comprehensive program to ensure equal opportunity for all civil service and contractor employees, based on merit and fitness and without discrimination.
Robinson has served as an attorney in the Marshall Center's Office of the Chief Counsel since 1996, providing Marshall management with legal advice and representation on personnel law, federal ethics standards, contracts and agreements, and other matters.
"The opportunity to lead a strong organization and to work with the capable staff of Marshall’s Equal Opportunity Office is a privilege I’m honored to have," Robinson said. "The office has a great presence of working with the managers and employees at Marshall, and I'm looking forward to continuing that. NASA/s future is bright with the Vision for Space Exploration, and we’ll need a diverse workforce to achieve those goals."
The Vision calls for Space Shuttles to return to safe flight to complete the International Space Station, and human and robotic exploration of the Solar System.
Robinson’s first work experience with NASA came in 1981 as a participant in the eight-week Summer High School Apprentice Research Program, or SHARP, in which students work hand-in-hand with mentors to conduct research and improve leadership skills. In 1986, Robinson joined Marshall full-time as a materials engineer in the Professional Intern Program, a training effort pairing recently graduated engineers and business professionals with experienced mentors, enabling new graduates to work in different areas at the Marshall Center.
Robinson is a 2004 recipient of NASA's Exceptional Service Medal, which recognizes significant and sustained performance characterized by unusual initiative or creativity. In September 2004, she was selected for NASA's Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program. The program prepares qualified employees for job openings in NASA's Senior Executive Service, a personnel system covering most top managerial and policy positions in the executive branch of the federal government.
Born in Montgomery, Ala., Robinson earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1986 from Oakwood College in Huntsville. She received her master's degree in management in 1989 from the Florida Institute of Technology in Huntsville. After earning her Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta in 1993, Robinson was assigned to the Office of Chief Counsel at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. She returned to the Marshall Center in 1996.
Robinson and her son live in Madison, Ala.