Diana Hoyt

Ms. Hoyt currently serves as the Manager, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, in the Office of the Chief Technologist, Innovative Partnerships Office at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she leads the development of innovation strategies, tools, and tactics to drive space technology development and commercialization; this work includes the development of non-traditional and strategic partnerships. Her current work includes a focus on the development of regional economic innovation clusters. She has been at NASA since 1991, and has worked in a variety of offices, including the Space Exploration Office (SEI under Bush I, working for Mike Griffin, the former NASA Administrator) where she served as the Deputy Director, Policy and Outreach, the Office of Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications, as Director of Policy and Outreach, the Office of Policy and Plans, the Office of External Relations, and also in the Office of Infrastructure as the Deputy Manager for Infrastructure Transition, as well as the lead for strategic planning and policy. Prior to joining NASA, she worked for former Secretary of the Department of the Interior Manuel Lujan, Jr as: the Deputy Director, Office of Policy Analysis, Special Assistant, Office of Water and Science, and Director, Scheduling and Speechwriting. From 1979- 1987 she worked for the U.S. House of Representatives in a variety of positions: Press Secretary, and Legislative Assistant for Congressman Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), Executive Director of the Congressional Space Caucus, and as Committee Staff for the House Science and Technology Committee. While on Capitol Hill, she drafted and engineered passage of HR 3942, the Commercial Space Launch Act---a bill providing for the commercialization of expendable launch vehicles. The bill became law and continues to be amended on a yearly basis. Ms. Hoyt was the founder and first President of Women in Aerospace and the founder and first chair of the Congressional Staff Space Group. Prior to coming to Washington, D.C. she served as press secretary to Honolulu Mayor Frank F. Fasi and previously worked as a reporter-broadcaster for KHVH all news Radio in Honolulu. A Danforth Teaching Fellow at Philips Andover Academy, she taught French at both Andover and the University of Maine in Orono. She holds an MS in Science and Technology Studies (VA Tech), MA (ABT) in French Literature, and is scheduled to complete her PhD in Science and Technology Studies at VA Tech this year. She is fluent in French. She has received numerous awards from both the Department of the Interior and NASA for outstanding leadership and performance. Her research interests include philosophy of science and epistemology, with a particular focus on how knowledge claims are made and justified. She and her husband Richard live with 20 wirehaired dachshunds in rather chaotic household in Southern Maryland.
Diana Hoyt
Manager, Innovative and Strategic Patnerships, NASA Office of the Chief Technologist