Associate Director for Management Operations
Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute
NASA Ames Research Center M/S: 17-1
Moffett Field, CA. 94035
Kristina Gibbs has made a career facilitating NASA Ames research projects and programs. She is a project manager with a science background and is currently the Associate Director for Operations and Management, as well as the Deputy Director of International Partnerships of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). Prior to her current position, Kristina supported space life sciences payloads and was a contract department head and manager for virtual institutes. In addition, Kristina managed several highly successful summer student research programs, including the NASA Ames Academy programs and the Space Life Sciences Training Program.
Kristina started her career supporting space life science payloads and collaborating with Russian scientists for experiments on the Mir Space Station. She continued to manage spaceflight payloads on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. Kristina then transitioned to contract management, overseeing a department supporting the virtual institutes, web and collaborative technologies team and education efforts. She has developed a diverse experience base which includes project management of spaceflight research payloads, education and public outreach projects, international collaborations, hardware development, and fostering innovative partnerships with NASA. Kristina brings extensive experience leading multi-disciplinary teams and facilitating communication across scientific, technical, and administrative organizations.
Kristina is a recipient of the Space Flight Awareness Award, the “Silver Snoopy,” as well as several NASA Ames and contractor management achievement awards. She holds a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona and has continued her professional development in project management and leadership.