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Jennifer Gustetic, formal portrait, NASA Headquarters Washington Jan. 30, 2013.

Jenn Gustetic

Challenges and Prizes Program Executive at NASA

Ms. Gustetic’s experience has focused on the public sector with concentrations on prizes and challenges, open government, innovation, public private partnerships, grants management, and technology policy. Currently, Ms. Gustetic is the Prizes and Challenges Program Executive in the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC. In this leadership and strategy role, Ms. Gustetic coordinates the use of challenge-driven open innovation methods, such as prize competitions, at NASA. This role involves internal and external advocacy for open innovation methods, close coordination with the White House OSTP, NASA policy development and oversight, and agency-level strategy for open innovation.

Prior to this position, Ms. Gustetic was the Associate Director for Strategic Engagement and Communications at Phase One Consulting Group. In that role, Ms. Gustetic advised the development of several USG Open Government and open innovation strategies and the subsequent implementation of US DOT’s Open Government Plan and employee ideation program (IdeaHub). In this role, she worked with several White House level working groups and acted as an advisor on innovation and open government to senior executives and political appointees across several Departments. In August 2010 she supported the official launch of the international Open Government Partnership, an innovative organization that advances the principles of transparency, public participation and increased citizen collaboration worldwide.

Ms. Gustetic spent several years as a Federal employee at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as the senior program analyst for $400 million in annual transportation security grant programs. She was honored as a TSA-wide Unsung Hero for her work on modernizing the grants programs.

Ms. Gustetic speaks often at events and has also authored several papers on many topics including security policy, harnessing public-private partnerships to optimize public service delivery, the evolution of e-democracy, and technical topics such as non-contact thickness measurements of luminescent photoelastic coatings. Ms. Gustetic is experienced with social media and digital strategy and has led the development of several federal government blogs and engagement plans from conception to operations.

She holds a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in technology policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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