Natalie Simms serves as Executive Officer to NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate.
As Executive Officer, she maintains an overall perspective of administrative objectives, policies and program development and serves as liaison between the Associate Administrator and individuals inside and outside the organization. She is responsible for the day-to-day office operations.
Prior to this appointment, she served as Executive Assistant to NASA's Chief of Staff, where she directly contributed to the overall Agency vision, independently performed administrative management functions that serviced organizational requirements and provided executive level administrative support functions associated with Chief of Staff operations.
Simms first joined NASA in September 1996 as a Cooperative Office Experience student at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Serving in the Laboratory for Atmospheres, she provided clerical office support to the overall mission of advancing knowledge and understanding of the atmospheres of the Earth and other planets.
From 2005-2007, Simms served as Program Support Assistant in the Office of Public Affairs, where she had numerous opportunities, including leading several initiatives, such as MD Congressional Day and a One NASA Leader-Led Workshop. Most notably, she held the position as Goddard Dateline Editor.
From 2007-2009, Simms supported the Deputy Center Director for Science and Technology. She provided assistance to all programs and projects related to Center strategy formulation, science, and technology investments. As the third lead secretary of the Center, she helped to develop and implement strategies to maintain a viable secretarial community.
Simms has been the recipient of a NASA Honor Award in Secretary/Clerical Excellence and also received a Secretarial and Clerical Excellence Award.
Simms received her B.A. in Communication Studies – Technical Writing and her certification in Desktop Publishing from the University of Maryland University College.
She is a native of Washington, DC and resides in Hyattsville, MD.