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ASGSR Announces Dr. Gale Allen, Former NASA Deputy Chief Scientist, as Executive Director

Press Release From: American Society for Gravitational and Space Research
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Board of Governors is pleased to announce that Dr. Gale Allen will assume the role of executive director. Dr. Gale Allen replaces Ms. Cindy Martin-Brennan who announced she would be vacating as executive director after serving eight years in the role.

Dr. Allen will assume the role of executive director on May 1, 2018, after her retirement from NASA. Gale will be responsible for implementing the policies and vision of the board of directors. She will serve as the main public contact and spokesperson for the organization, and will represent ASGSR and all professional business capacities. “Dr. Allen's expertise in space research policy is outstanding, and that expertise comes with a deep appreciation for the scope of work being conducted by the ASGSR research and development community," says Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul, President of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

Dr. Allen was the Deputy Chief Scientist at NASA Headquarters from 2011 through 2016, and Acting Chief Scientist between December 2016 and April 2018. She began her NASA career at the Kennedy Space Center as Chief of the Materials and Chemistry Branch, and served NASA as the Associate Director of Technology Programs and Commercialization. At NASA HQ, Dr. Allen managed the Bioastronautics (human research and life support) Research Program, served as deputy for the Human Systems Research and Technology Program, and Director of the Strategic Integration and Management Division before moving to her current position. Dr. Allen has received a NASA Space Act, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, and an Outstanding Leadership Medal. She is a member of Women in Aerospace, an elected member of the Brenau University Board of Trustees, and is President of the Zonta Club of Fairfax County. Dr. Allen holds a B. S. in Chemistry, an M.S. in Chemistry from Old Dominion University, an MBA in Management from Brenau University, and a Doctorate in Business Administration with an emphasis in high technology partnership development from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Allen resides in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

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