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Kathryn Lueders, NAE

Kathryn Lueders, NAE

Associate Administrator of the Space Operations Mission Directorate , NASA

Kathryn Lueders serves as the associate administrator of NASA’s Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD), overseeing the International Space Station (ISS), the Commercial LEO Development Program, Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN), Launch Services Program (LSP), Human Spaceflight Capabilities, and operations of crewed Artemis missions.

Lueders previously served as the first female associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, managing the agency’s full human spaceflight portfolio.

Before joining NASA Headquarters, Lueders was the manager of the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Prior to CCP, Lueders served as the ISS Transportation Integration manager, planning, developing, and implementing key ISS transportation strategies, policies, and procurements with private industry, culminating in the award of two ISS Commercial Resupply Services contracts worth $3.6 billion to private industry that was able to begin providing cargo transportation to the ISS.

Lueders began her NASA career in 1992 at the White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico, where she was the Shuttle Orbital Maneuvering System and Reaction Control Systems Depot manager.

Lueders holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration finance from the University of New Mexico and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University.