Champions of Change

Joyce Riquelme

Joyce is Manager at the Kennedy Space Center Planning and Development Office. She provides strategic leadership and management integration of center planning activities and partnership development initiatives to enable KSC as a multi-user spaceport supporting both government and commercial launch providers and their customers. She manages the identification and development of strategic and business partnerships that advance NASA and KSC goals, and provides the KSC 'front door' interface to industry and other governmental organizations. Riquelme ensures the effective use and development of the center's land, facilities and technical capabilities in support of NASA missions through center land use planning, development of spaceport infrastructure and business strategies, and the preparation and coordination of the Center Master Plan with NASA organizations and external stakeholders. She is responsible for the development, negotiation and coordination of proposed real estate agreements with public and private entities for use of KSC land and facilities.

Riquelme began her career with NASA in 1987 as a thermal, mechanical and structures systems engineer. She was appointed deputy manager of the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Resident Office at KSC in 1992 and became manager of the JSC Resident Office in 1995. From 1999 to 2002, she developed and chaired the Process Control Focus Group, a joint NASA/industry group formed to improve process control across the shuttle supplier base. From 2000 to 2003, she served as program manager for the SSP Industrial Engineering for Safety Program, a $15 million-per-year initiative to improve work force safety and reduce damage to flight hardware caused during ground processing.

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