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For release: 09-27-04
Release #: 04-239  

NASA Marshall Center's Audrey Robinson selected for Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program

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Audrey Robinson — an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. — has been 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.

Photo: Robinson (NASA/MSFC)

Implemented in 1993, the development program features a series of formal courses, seminars and developmental work assignments, and experience in managing an organization. A current Senior Executive Service member also mentors each participant. The program, which normally requires 18 to 30 months to complete, is the only program that certifies and qualifies people to enter the Senior Executive Service upon graduation. Only 35 people from across NASA will begin the program this fall, selected from 330 NASA applicants, including 71 who applied from the Marshall Center.

"To be chosen to join a quality program as this is truly an honor and privilege," said Robinson. "A number of highly qualified and talented people have gone through the program and later become part of the Senior Executive Service. To be a part of the program is very rewarding."

Robinson has worked as an attorney in the chief counsel's office since 1996, providing Marshall Center management with legal advice and representation on personnel law, federal ethics standards, contracts and agreements, and other matters.

Her first work experience with NASA was in 1981 as a participant in the eight-week Summer High School Apprentice Research Program in which students work hand-in-hand with mentors to conduct research and improve leadership skills. In 1986, she joined Marshall fulltime as a materials engineer in the Professional Intern Program, a training program pairing recently graduated engineers and business professionals with experienced mentors, allowing them 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.

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, and her Juris Doctor in 1993 from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta. Following graduation, Robinson was assigned to the Office of Chief Counsel at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida before returning to the Marshall Center in 1996.

Robinson has one son and resides in Madison.

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