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Mr. Geoffery L. Yoder, James Webb Program Director

Geoff Yoder, Acting Astrophysics Division Director

Geoffery L. Yoder, assumed leadership responsibilities for the James Webb Space Telescope, as program director at the agency's headquarters in Washington, on June 30, 2012.  Prior to this assignment, Yoder served as the director of the Office of Evaluation at NASA Headquarters, responsible for assessing NASA programs, projects and institutions for cost effectiveness, quality, and performance in achieving strategic objectives, including ensuring alignment with national goals and the agency's vision and mission. In May 2010, Mr. Yoder served as  Deputy Director for the Astrophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA HQ.

Mr. Yoder joined NASA in 2000 formulating the Flight Hardware Development Branch within the Engineering Directorate at the Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas. In 2005, Mr. Yoder joined the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters serving in various roles including Director for the Directorate Integration Office where he was responsible for a broad range of ESMD integration activities including architecture trades and analysis, information technology architecture and IT management, risk and knowledge management, technology protection, and Constellation Program Level 1 requirements. Mr. Yoder served as the Director of the Constellation Systems Division within the Exploration Missions Directorate NASA Headquarters where he was responsible for Division management of the Constellation Systems Program and Commercial Crew and Cargo Program.

From 1986 to 2000, working for Litton Systems Inc., Mr. Yoder was responsible for reliability assurance of various avionics suites directing reliability and qualification test and verification activities. He served as scientist for the Reliability Assurance Department participating in the various product improvement initiatives such as the Navy Production Technology Improvement Program (PTIP). He also served as Engineering Project Manager for various commercial, military, and space projects.