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WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Richmond Senior grad leads stellar career in NASA

Jennifer Layton Lane graduated from Richmond Senior High School in 2008 and currently works for NASA.
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Our featured leading lady today, the Business Integration Team lead for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Jennifer Layton Lane, graduated from Richmond Senior High School in 2008 and from North Carolina State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s in political science and a minor in English, with one semester abroad at Universidad de Blais Pascal in Cordoba, Argentina, in 2012. 

Prior to becoming the team lead for the Business Integration for the Exploration Ground Systems Program, supporting NASA’s Artemis missions at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Lane served as a management and program analyst with NASA from 2016-2020, also in Florida. In this role, served as a business integration manager for the Launch Services Program. In LSP, she was responsible for budget and contract management for NASA’s science missions to commercially procured rockets. 

In 2015, she was selected as member of competitive and distinguished early-career leadership development program, the Kennedy Space Center Foundations of Leadership Development, and graduated in 2016. The program equipped her with leadership development focused on core NASA leadership competencies to include leading people, personal effectiveness, discipline competency, managing knowledge, and business acumen. Her intensive training schedule included Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument, emotional intelligence, team leadership, five dysfunctions of a team, trust building, time management, project management, crucial conversations training, and foundations of aerospace training.

In her current role, she leads the business team responsible for planning, executing and integrating the EGS budget. EGS is the ground systems (think launch pads, propellants, assembly, landing and recovery) part of the greater Artemis Program, which is responsible for sending astronauts to the moon and beyond. The first launch for Artemis 1 is coming in the spring of 2022.


Along with her prestigious career, Lane has served as an active part-time member of the Florida National Guard as a platoon leader, and serves as an Army National Guard military intelligence officer. 

Of her long list of accomplishments, Lane is most proud of her work with the notable mission, the nuclear rover to Mars, Mars2020. She also received the NASA Early Career Achievement Medal in 2019 and was the Erikson Trophy Award recipient in the Florida National Guard Officer Candidate program. 

Join us today in celebrating the amazing achievements of this leading lady and the stellar representation she is of Richmond County.

Meghann Lambeth is executive director of the Richmond County Tourism Development Authority. Republished from visitrichmondcounty.com. Throughout March, Visit Richmond County will feature a local leading lady in honor of Women’s History Month.


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