Elaine Ho

Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of STEM Engagement

Elaine Ho serves as the deputy associate administrator for the STEM Engagement Program at NASA Headquarters. She provides executive leadership for NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement by leading and managing the Congressionally appropriated portfolio of STEM Engagement projects that benefit students, universities, and educational institutions. Ho ensures these projects create opportunities for students to contribute to NASA’s mission.

Ho began her federal career in senior roles at Department of Agriculture and the IRS, leading transformative workplace diversity and inclusion strategies, including diversity recruitment through student internships. She then served as IRS’ deputy chief of staff where she helped to shape and execute the strategic priorities of the IRS’ global tax operation and its workforce of 87,000. Afterwards, Ho served several roles in the White House. In 2015, she held the position of senior policy advisor working with Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Office to implement the Let Girls Learn initiative, focused on adolescent girls’ education worldwide. In 2017, she remained in the White House as the chief of staff of the U.S. Digital Service, an office dedicated to recruiting diverse top technical talent, and then deploying teams across the federal government that would deliver better services to the American public. After joining NASA, Ho returned to the White House in a year-long detail in 2021 as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Director of Space STEM Policy in the Office of the Vice President’s National Space Council.

Prior to her federal service career, Ho was a practicing attorney, where she specialized in employment law and workplace diversity and inclusion. She also served over four years active duty as an Air Force criminal prosecutor. She continues her military service today as a Colonel in the Air Force Reserves, where she helps the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps with its diversity and inclusion initiatives. Ho received her degree in civil engineering from Duke University, her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida, and executive certificate in diversity strategy from Georgetown University. Ho lives in McLean, Virginia, with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children.

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The Workforce Focus

Thursday, April 20, 2023

8:45 am - 3:15 pm