WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement in response to Jody Singer of Hartselle, Alabama, being named the new director of NASA’s Marshall Spaceflight Center (MSFC):
“Jody Singer is an excellent choice to lead Marshall Spaceflight Center,” said Senator Shelby. “Her deep understanding of the Space Launch System and other critical NASA projects, along with her dedication to MSFC and the entire agency, make her the ideal candidate for this position. I look forward to working with her to continue prioritizing American space exploration.”
Singer is currently serving as the acting director of MSFC, where she manages one of NASA’s largest field installations, with nearly 6,000 on- and near-site civil service contractor employees and an annual budget of approximately $2.5 billion. Prior to being named to this position, she served as deputy director since February of 2016, where she assisted former Director Todd May with the daily management of the center’s workforce operations.
During her 32-year NASA career, Singer has held leadership roles of increasing responsibility in human spaceflight, technology, and science flight missions programs and projects. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals and two Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive Awards. She also received the Space Flight Awareness Leadership Award in 2005 for inspiring the Shuttle Propulsion Office to strive for excellence and continuous improvement, along with the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1993. Additionally, she was awarded the Silver Snoopy Award by the NASA astronaut corps and was named a Space Flight Awareness Launch Honoree.
Singer earned her undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Alabama. She went on to complete NASA fellowships at both Pennsylvania State University Simmons College and the Graduate School of Management in Boston, Massachusetts.