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Center Snapshot: Angela Hinton
Angela Hinton. Image above: Angela Hinton enjoys the impact of her work as a contracting specialist at NASA Langley. She also looks forward to the impact her work can have after being chosen as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). Credit: NASA/Sean Smith

By: Denise Lineberry

Angela Hinton was pleasantly surprised to learn that she was chosen as a 2010 Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) as part of a government-designed program that aims to place promising professionals into positions of federal leadership.

Of the 8,700 applicants last year, 7,000 were chosen as semifinalists. This year, those 7,000 semifinalists were narrowed to fewer than 900 graduate and doctoral students. Hinton intends to join the ranks of more than 3,500 individuals who have already completed the two-year program and transitioned to careers across cabinet departments and more than 50 federal agencies.

For now, she plans to take her time while keeping her eyes on the prize.

"As soon as I make my decision [about a PMF program best suited for her goals], I will begin my two-year paid fellowship that includes 80 hours of annual training, accelerated promotions and opportunities to network between government agencies," Hinton said.

Hinton will earn her Master’s in Public Administration in April and plans to begin her doctoral studies in Public Policy and Administration in June.

As we recognize March as Women’s History Month, it's possible that this "fellow" will, one day, make history of her own.

Until then, she has no complaints about where her career has led her.

As a contract specialist for NASA Langley's Research Directorate through ATK Space Systems, she works contracting and procurement responsibilities with stakeholders across all departments.

Her education helped to prepare her for this multi-pronged career. So did her 11 years in the Navy.

"As a matter of fact, the service hash marks on my sleeves and hazardous duty tours that I have completed make me a part of a special group that is a representation of some of the very committed and best at NASA," she said.

Hinton's job here is more than just a place to work. She relishes working alongside "the best and most capable group of people in the TEAMS (Technology, Engineering and Aerospace Mission Support) program office, particularly an awe-inspiring staff under the leadership of Dr. Jeffrey Jordan."

She sees herself as being a part of the best-of-the-best. "The best-led, best-trained, best-equipped groups of people in the field," she said. And she also sees the potential in combining individual efforts to work toward a solution.

Although Hinton has a twin sister, Andrea, who was born 22 and 1/2 hours apart from her, she is one-of-a-kind.

She was born in Buffalo and spent much of her time skiing, ice skating, tobogganing and playing ice hokey. Her most memorable travel was to Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea, considered the "City of Iron."

"What I liked most about it was that the culture was one of collectivism, where the majority of people had hearts of gold," Hinton said.

She plans to use her own mind and heart to make a difference.

Although her career decisions are not yet clear, she is determined to affect positive change on a global scale. She realizes that this goal is an ambitious one, but she believes that if she leaves fear behind, that she can “soar to heights only imagined."

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?"
-- Marianne Williamson

"Exactly," Hinton adds after sharing Williamson’s quote.