23. Karen and Katherine C. Bradford

Opera In Space

Karen C. Bradford is the Chief of Staff at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA and has served as a civil servant for 24 years.  Serving as Chief of Staff at NASA Ames includes a variety of complex and changing challenges that range from managing VIP visits, national and international, to administering various processes and interactions that are critical to the success of the Center and the Agency.  Prior assignments include Lead Accounting Technician and Director’s Secretary at the 12th District Marine Corps Recruitment Headquarters, Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Regional Counsel for Headquarters 9th Region of the Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco, CA, Management Analyst and IG Lead for the Comptroller, Navy Public Works Center Pearl Harbor, HI. .


Karen’s work for NASA began as Executive Assistant to Dr. Baruch Blumberg, Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) where she planned, implemented and served as project lead for the first NAI Minority Institution Faculty Sabbatical.  In addition, she served as the NAI Civil Servant Resources Analyst, Assistant Project Lead for the NAI General Meeting 2001 and 2003, Project Lead for the NAI General Meeting April 2005, Secretary for the Federation of Astrobiology Organizations (FAO) and Management Assistant to NAI Executive Director, Dr. Rose Grymes.


Karen continued her work at Ames in April 2005 with the financial management division as a Resources Analyst followed by selection in October 2005 as the Associate Director of the NASA Astrobiology Strategic Analysis and Support Office (ASASO) with duties that included serving as the Lead Project Manager for the Astrobiology Science Conference 2006. In 2005, Karen was nominated and selected as a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Silicon Valley Chapter and has served in various offices including the 2nd Vice President and the Membership Committee Chair.  Karen often speaks or guest teaches at local parish organizations during the year, is an accomplished singer, plays piano and cantors most recently for St. Lucy Parish Church in Campbell, CA.  She is a very proud mother of 5 and grandmother of 5.  She is just as proud of being a Navy Wife, retired.

International Space Orchestra’s member:  Karen and Katherine Bradford are part of the choir