Vanessa Wyche to Serve as First Black Deputy Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center


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After working at NASA for 30 years, Vanessa Wyche has been selected as the Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, making her second-in-command and the first African American to hold this position.

“I am incredibly humbled to take on this role at JSC, and also excited to assist Mark [Geyer, Director] with leading the home of human spaceflight,” Wyche said via an official statement.

“I look forward to working with the talented employees at JSC as we work toward our mission of taking humans farther into the solar system.”

Wyche began her career at NASA in 1989 as an engineer, having previously worked for Washington, DC’s Food and Drug Administration. She received both her Bachelor’s in Engineering and Master’s in Bioengineering from Clemson University.

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Kési Felton is a junior Journalism major from Atlanta, Georgia.She currently serves as the Content Director for Her Campus Howard and the Director of Communications for the Howard University Student Association. In addition to writing her own personal blog, she has written articles for The Hilltop, Walker's Legacy and Pretty Girls Sweat, LLC. Through digital storytelling, Kési hopes to amplify the voices and stories of underrepresented communities, beginning with Black women.

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