For release: 11-01-04
Release #: 04-260
NASA’s Tereasa H. Washington has been named director of the newly created Office of Human Capital at the Marshall Center. In the new position, Washington will lead an organization that includes learning and organizational development, academic affairs, strategic performance management and incentives, workforce strategy and planning, federal labor relations, and employee services and operations.Photo: Washington (NASA/MSFC)
NASA's Tereasa H. Washington has been named director of the newly created Office of Human Capital at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
In the new position, Washington will lead an organization that includes learning and organizational development, academic affairs, strategic performance management and incentives, workforce strategy and planning, federal labor relations, and employee services and operations.
"It's exciting to be part of the changes going on within NASA and the Marshall Center," said Washington. "These changes will position Marshall to better implement the Vision for Space Exploration and continue fulfilling NASA's mission."
The Vision calls for returning the Space Shuttles to safe flight, completing the International Space Station, and human and robotic exploration of the Solar System.
Since 1998, Washington has served as director of the Marshall Center's Customer and Employee Relations Directorate. She managed an organization of more than 250 civil service and contractor employees who worked on a wide range of responsibilities, including human resources, internal relations and communications, media relations, government and community relations, employee and organizational development, educational programs and technology transfer – the development of space technology for commercial use.
A native of Tuscumbia, Ala., Washington has received numerous awards during her NASA career, including the 2002 Presidential Rank Distinguished Executive Award – the highest honor attainable for a civil servant; a NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2000; the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in 1999; a Senior Managers in Government award in 1999 from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.; a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1992; the Astronaut Corps' "Silver Snoopy" Award for service to the Space Shuttle program in 1990; and two Marshall Center Director's Commendations. She is an alumnus of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County – a program that identifies leaders who have demonstrated the ability and desire to become more involved in community leadership positions.
Washington received a bachelor's degree in economics in 1978 from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, and earned a doctorate of jurisprudence in 1982 from Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tenn.
She joined the Marshall Center's Office of Chief Counsel as a legal research assistant in 1982. In 1983, she was appointed general attorney-advisor, handling legal matters for Marshall's administration and technical operations. Washington became associate chief counsel in 1988 for issues related to personnel and labor relations. In 1992, she was appointed Marshall's associate deputy chief counsel, and in 1995 was named director of the Marshall Center's Human Resources and Administrative Support Office. She led the office's evolution, in January 1998, into the Customer and Employee Relations Directorate.
Washington and her husband Snyder, who have one son and two grandchildren, live in Toney, Ala.
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