Marshall Space Flight Center

Hispanic Employment Program Manager (HEP)

Ms. Elia Ordonez joined NASA as a co-op student at the Marshall Center in 1989. She became a full-time NASA employee in 1990 as a program analyst for the Engineering Support Group. In 1998, she was named a contract specialist and contracting officer for small purchases in Marshall’s Office of Procurement.

Ordonez joined Marshall’s Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity as the Hispanic program manager in 2000 and became a specialist in the administration of minority education resources. Ordonez works to promote the social and cultural development of Hispanic youth and helps make them aware of career opportunities offered by NASA.

In 2002, Ordonez co-founded the annual “Mi Futuro” Hispanic Youth Conference, sponsored by NASA and hosted by the Marshall Center. Each year, nearly 200 Hispanic high school students from Alabama visit Huntsville to interact with government representatives, astronauts, teachers, community leaders and representatives from Hispanic groups across the state.

In 2006, the Worldwide Association of Mexicans Abroad recognized NASA employee Elia Ordonez as the 2006 National Hispanic Woman of the Year for her support of Alabama’s Hispanic. community.

Ordonez earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management in 1990 from Athens State University in Athens, Ala.

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NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) located in Huntsville, Alabama.

NASA MSFC was established in 1960 and named in honor of General George C. Marshall, the Army Chief of Staff during World War II, Secretary of State, and Nobel Prize Winner for his world-renowned “Marshall Plan.”

For more information, visit NASA Marshall Space Flight Center home page and their History Office.