Lisa was the Lead Program Executive for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. She is expert in technical project execution, from strategic alignment and requirements definition to planning, team building, and partner/customer negotiations. Lisa has over 30 years’ experience, including 8 as a consultant. She provides leadership using NASA-proven systems engineering and management practices. She has managed large programs, where she was responsible for planning future Mars missions and managing the program’s $300M annual budget formulation and execution. While at NASA, Lisa served as Chair of the International Mars Exploration Working Group, leading spacefaring nations’ cooperation for Mars sample return. In addition, Lisa was a Program Executive with NASA’s Science Mission Directorate where she led business process re-engineering, grants process, change management, IT systems development. Furthermore, she represented NASA on the White House Research Business Models Subcommittee amongst others. Lisa is experienced in leading small-business teams, agency-wide and international teams, and flight projects, as well as public-private partnerships.


  • Strategic business development
  • Agency-level policy and strategy
  • Science strategy and technology roadmaps
  • Program planning
  • Project management
  • Technology development planning and execution
  • Requirements and decision criteria
  • Technical project turnaround
  • Business process re-engineering
  • Systems engineering
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Middle East


  • NASA Headquarters
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • International Mars Exploration Working Group
  • UAE Space Agency
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Florida Institute for Commercialization of Public Research
  • X Energy LLC
  • Magnovate Technologies
  • Aurora Flight Sciences
  • McDonnell Douglas


  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications


  • IEEE