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Jay M. Henn,
Executive Director, Office of Headquarters Operations

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Mr. Jay M. Henn is the Executive Director for Headquarters Operations. In this capacity, Mr. Henn provides the executive leadership and oversight for the services and products required to support the effective operations of NASA Headquarters, including facilities services, information technology, human resources, equal opportunity and diversity, logistics, financial management, and procurement.

Immediately prior to his current position, Mr. Henn was the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management, and served as NASA’s Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO).  As the Deputy CHCO, Mr. Henn supported the Agency and the Office of Human Capital Management in developing and implementing the human resources policies, procedures, and systems needed by the NASA workforce to successfully carry out the Agency’s mission.

In 2007, while on detail from the Office of Human Capital Management, Mr. Henn served as Acting Assistant Administrator for Internal Controls and Management Systems.  In that position, Mr. Henn was responsible for restructuring the Office and for designing and implementing an integrated Agency approach to meet NASA’s internal control responsibilities.  The Office also provided a range of related administrative support to the Agency in areas such as audit liaison, directives management, and management systems.

Previously, Mr. Henn served as Assistant Associate Administrator for Enterprise Operations in the Aeronautics Enterprise; as Director for Management Programs in the Office of Aeronautics and Space Transportation Technology; and as Director for Strategy and Policy in the Office of Aeronautics.

From June 2000 to April 2001, Mr. Henn was on detail to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM).  At NASM, Mr. Henn served as Executive Officer to the Director and worked on issues of joint NASA/NASM interest, including the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission.

In recognition of his multiple contributions to the Agency, Mr. Henn has been awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal (two times) and the Aeronautics Peer Excellence Award (two times), and was the recipient of a NASA Graduate Fellowship. In 2004, and again in 2011, Mr. Henn received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Senior Professional.

Prior to joining NASA in 1988, Mr. Henn was a management consultant with Temple, Barker & Sloane, Inc., in Lexington, Massachusetts.  While at TBS he developed, managed, and conducted international projects in strategic planning, industry and financial analysis, organization design, and management development for Fortune 100 clients in the transportation, telecommunications, automotive, and natural resources industries.

Mr. Henn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Anthropology and Mathematics from the University of Arizona and a Master of Arts degree in archaeology from Harvard University.  While at Harvard he conducted fieldwork in France, Yugoslavia, and Central America.  He also holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and is a Distinguished Graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where he was awarded a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy in 1997.

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