Manager, Strategic Portfolio and Policy
Ms. Kendra Norwood
Kendra Perkins Norwood serves as the Strategic Portfolio and Policy Manager for the NASA Office of Education. In this role, she ensures strategic alignment of the NASA education portfolio by assessing and prioritizing agency objectives related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and by conducting stakeholder analyses and inventories of agency education investments She also authors education policy documents based on her continual analysis of policies generated by NASA, congressional oversight committees and the Executive Branch.
Norwood began her career at NASA in 2000 as a Presidential Management Fellow at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she worked as a budget analyst in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, with responsibility for maintaining budget performance awareness and conducting internal audits of government contracts. She later began working as a congressional and legislative liaison in Johnson Space Center's Community and Government Relations Office. In this role, she developed and implemented an ongoing government relations strategy for Johnson to advance and protect agency interests in the City of Houston and the State of Texas, as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with district congressional offices.
In 2007, Norwood began working as a legislative affairs specialist in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at NASA Headquarters. In this position, she managed all aspects of legislative affairs related to NASA Education and provided leadership, advice and guidance on legislative program direction and strategy. In 2010, Norwood began serving as the Acting Director of the OLIA Legislative Reference and Analysis Division. In this role, she provided expert analysis and advice on pending and enacted legislation and its impacts to the agency. She also managed the agency’s legislative proposal process, which involved preparing draft authorization bill language for submission to congressional committees with NASA oversight.
A native of Baton Rouge, La., Norwood earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Southern University and A&M College. During college, Norwood worked at the Louisiana State Department of Education, as well as the district office of U.S.Senator John B. Breaux, D-La. After being selected as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, she earned a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in science and technology and education policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. At Harvard, Norwood served as the managing editor of the Harvard Journal of African-American Public Policy. Norwood also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. She earned the degree while working full-time at NASA and attending law school in the evenings.
Norwood is a former board member of The Technology Opportunity Institute. She is currently a member of Women in Aerospace, the Washington Government Relations Group, and the Global Women's Innovation Network.