21st annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology March 5, 2022 San Francisco

Tamiko Fletcher

Chief Information Security Officer John F.Kennedy Space Center

The Journal of Black Innovation has selected Tamiko Fletcher, Chief Information Security Officer of John F. Kennedy Space Center, among the 21st annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology.

Selectees conclude the Season of Science by gathering in San Francisco with the BlackBio100 and 50 Most Important African-Americans in Infrastructure on March 4-5.

She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she received a bachelor of science in computer engineering, and the University of Miami, where she received a master of science in industrial engineering. As CISO reporting to the center’s chief information officer (CIO) and NASA’s senior agency information security officer (SAISO), she is responsible for minimizing Kennedy’s IT security risk, obtaining visibility into IT security operations and providing guidance for compliance with NASA’s IT security standards and federal regulations.


Prior to her selection as Kennedy CISO, Tamiko served as the center’s deputy CISO for operations and lead of the IT security vulnerability management team, where she focused on center IT security compliance, ensuring systems connected to the Kennedy network operated at the appropriate security posture and protected NASA information and information systems. She was a project manager for the Agency Security Update Services (ASUS) and IT Security Enterprise Data Warehouse (ITSEC-EDW) projects which collected system data to ensure the agency was compliant with the Federal Information Security Management Act for all federal agencies. 


In her years with Kennedy Space Center, she has served on detail with the Office of the Administrator under the leadership of Charles Bolden in the Office of Agency Council Staff supporting executive councils; as IT security project manager for NASA’s Agency Security Update Services (ASUS) and IT Security Enterprise Data Warehouse (ITSEC-EDW) projects at Kennedy to ensure the agency’s compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act for federal agencies; and contract transition manager and center subject matter expert for NASA’s ACES contract for Kennedy, which is NASA’s contract for personal computing hardware, agency-standard software, mobile information technology services and supporting infrastructure.


Furthermore, she has held the role of contracting officer’s technical representative (COTR) for the Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA (ODIN) between NASA and Lockheed Martin Information Technology, a contract which managed a $41 million budget providing desktop and communication support to approximately 6,000 users at Kennedy. 


Ms. Fletcher participates in various community services activities around Central Florida; mentored young ladies through Tomorrow’s Investment Matter (TIM Works), a grassroots non-profit organization serving the Central Florida area; and speaker to the Upward Bound Program at Rollins College. Fletcher is a member of the Society of Women Engineers Central Florida Section and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Central Florida Professionals, where she previously served on the NSBE Central Florida Professionals Executive Board as Pre-College Initiative chair and chapter pr