Audrey Robinson Named to Senior Executive Service Position of Chief Counsel at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Audrey D. Robinson has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service position of chief counsel at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Robinson will lead Marshall's Office of the Chief Counsel, which is responsible for addressing legal and regulatory issues affecting the Marshall Center and its organizations.
Since January 2005, Robinson has served as director of Marshall's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity and is responsible for managing, planning, directing and implementing a comprehensive diversity and equal opportunity program at the center. From 1996 to 2005, she served as assistant chief counsel for litigation and attorney advisor in Marshall’s Office of the Chief Counsel. She represented NASA in litigation matters and provided Marshall management with legal advice and representation on personnel law, federal ethics standards, contracts and agreements and other matters. From 1994 to 1996, she was an attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Robinson joined the Marshall Center in 1986 as a materials engineer in the Professional Intern Program – a training opportunity that pairs recently graduated engineers and business professionals with professional mentors. Following rotations in several areas of the Marshall Center, she joined the Analytical and Physical Chemistry Branch of the Materials and Processes Laboratory in 1988 to perform research and analysis on space-related topics such as gases given off by materials used onboard the space shuttle. Her first work experience with NASA was in 1981 as a participant in the Summer High School Apprentice Research Program. She served in the Chemicals and Non-Metals Processes Branch of the Materials and Processes Laboratory, assisting in developing and testing protective spray coatings applied to parts of the space shuttle solid rocket boosters.
Born in Montgomery, Ala., Robinson earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1986 from Oakwood University in Huntsville. She received her master's degree in management in 1989 from the Florida Institute of Technology in Huntsville and her Doctor of Law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta in 1993. Robinson is licensed to practice law in Georgia, Florida and Alabama.
Robinson is a 2007 recipient of NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal, awarded for sustained contributions and effective leadership that advance the agency's mission and values. In 2004, she received NASA's Exceptional Service Medal, recognizing significant and sustained performance characterized by unusual initiative or creativity. She is a graduate of NASA's Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, which prepares qualified employees for job openings in NASA's Senior Executive Service, the personnel system covering most top managerial and policy positions in the executive branch of the federal government.
Robinson lives in Madison, Ala., and has one child. › Photo
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