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Anita Harrell

Deputy Associate Administrator for Mission Support Integration, Strategy, and Transformation (Acting)

Anita Harrell is currently serving as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Mission Support Integration, Strategy, and Transformation (acting) for the Mission Support Directorate (MSD). Harrell’s position of record is the Executive Director of the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC).

The Mission Support Transformation Office (MSTO) is focused on the continued integration of MSD’s enterprise services model. Harrell brings a strategic customer service lens to MSIO, along with her extensive leadership experience and institutional knowledge of the organizations that make up the Mission Support enterprise.

Harrell began her role as the NSSC Executive Director in April 2017 where she provided executive leadership for all of NASA’s business and technical shared services, including financial management, human resources, enterprise services, procurement, and agency business support. The NSSC has an annual operating budget of over $70.2 million and employs approximately 170 civil service and 581 contractor personnel. Harrell also led the operation of the National Center for Critical Information Processing (NCCIPS), a state-of- the-art data center located on NASA’s Stennis Space Center that provides secure processing and storage of nationally sensitive, critical, or classified data for Federal customers with an annual operating budget of over $29 million.

Harrell first joined the NSSC in 2006 as the Human Resources Officer, responsible for leading all Center human resources functions. In November 2008, Harrell transitioned to Chief, Human Resources Services Division and served in a dual senior leadership role as the NSSC Human Resources Director. She implemented and managed integrated and strategic human capital programs benefitting both the NSSC and the agency.

From July 2012 until March 2015, Harrell was the Director of the NSSC’s Business and Administration Office, where she was responsible for providing comprehensive programs in human capital management, customer satisfaction, operations and budget, as well as administering five contracts in support of the agency’s information technology infrastructure.

From March 2015 to 2017 Harrell served as the Director of the Support Operations Directorate for the NSSC. In this capacity, she was responsible for the successful accomplishment of a variety of functions within the organization, spanning management of information resources, strategic integration and communications, building and infrastructure, and budget and accounting.

Harrell began her Federal career with the Army Corps of Engineers in 1995 and joined NASA as a cooperative education student in 1996. She was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in April 2015.

Harrell earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a recipient of the NASA Space Flight Awareness Award, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, and numerous Performance and Group Achievement Awards. Harrell resides in Carriere, Mississippi with her husband and son.

Meet The leadership

Robert Gibbs, Associate Administrator for the Mission Support Directorate

Associate Administrator for the Mission Support Directorate

Michael G. Hess Deputy Associate Administrator for the Mission Support Directorate

Deputy Associate Administrator for the Mission Support Directorate

Stacy Houston serves as the Executive Officer for the Mission Support Directorate (MSD)

Executive Officer for the Mission Support Directorate

Anita Harrell

Deputy Associate Administrator for Mission Support Integration, Strategy, and Transformation (Acting)

Nichole Pinkney, Director, Mission Support and Headquarters Operation

Director of Mission Support and Headquarters Operations

Robert Hubbard

Director of the Program Management and Support Office

Shane Dover

Director of the Aircraft Capability Management Office

Chuck Brooks

Director of the Mission Support Resources Management Office (Acting)