[Formerly Johnson Research Center]

Former Deputy Director of the JSC External Relations Office [Retired 2005]

Mrs. Estella Hernández Gillette has been named Deputy Director, External Relations Office. Ms. Gillette has the associate responsibility for integrating the Center’s external activities in the areas of education, university research, community and congressional relations, and public affairs.

Mrs. Gillette has a wealth of knowledge and experience in a wide range of Johnson Space Center (JSC) activities. Since joining JSC in 1968, she has served in progressively responsible positions, including Equal Opportunity Specialist; Employee Development Specialist; Equal Employment Manager; Deputy Director, JSC Equal Opportunity Programs Office; and Special Assistant to the Associate Administrator for Small and Disadvantaged Business Uitilization at NASA Headquarters.

In July 1994, Mrs. Gillette was selected as Director of the JSC Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management (OEODM) (formerlly JSC Equal Opportunity Programs Office, EOPO), after serving for one year as the Deputy Director of EOPO. Her responsibilities include the management of JSC’s affirmative action policies, including establishing and maintaining relationships with educational and civic organizations; identifying barriers for employment and advancement of JSC’s minority employees; monitoring employment, promotions, and separations of JSC employees; administering the JSC discrimination complaints process; and providing activities to generate interest in, and education of the special emphasis programs to JSC employees and to the community. As the Director of the OEODM, Mrs. Gillette was a member of the Astronaut Selection Board during the five selection processes between 1994-2004.

Mrs. Gillette joined NASA in 1964 as a clerk-stenographer and eventually became an executive secretary, with positions in the Engineering and Development Directorate, the Reliability and Quality Assurance Directorate, the Earth Resource Program Office, and the Space and Life Sciences Directorate.


Mrs. Gillette graduated in 1963 from Jefferson Davis High School in Houston, Texas; received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in 1986 from the University of Houston Clear Lake ; selected for a fellowship for a women’s development program at Simmons College in Boston in May 1989; received a Master’s degree in human resources management in 1994 from the University of Houston Clear Lake. She is currently a doctoral student in The George Washington University’s Executive Leadership Program in the School of Human Resource Management.

Her profile is also featured on NASA Quest or on JSC Biography websites.


NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) is located in Houston, Texas; it was established in 1961 as the Manned Spacecraft Center. The Center was renamed in 1973 in honor of the late President Lyndon B. Johnson.

NASA JSC serves as the lead NASA center for the International Space Station — a U.S.-led collaborative effort of 16 nations, and the largest, most powerful, complex human facility to ever operate in space.

NASA JSC is also home to the NASA astronaut corps, and is responsible for training space explorers from the United States and our space station partner nations. As such, it is the principal training site for both space shuttle crews and International Space Station Expedition crews.

For more information, visit NASA Johnson Space Center home page.