Meet: Donald G. James
NASA Ames Research Center
Donald has been with NASA since 1982, when he participated in a NASA-sponsored
internship program at Goddard Space Flight Center. Since then, he has
served in different roles at GSFC and NASA Headquarters. His responsibilities
in these roles have included significant involvement in or management
of public affairs.
Since March 1999, Donald has been the education director at Ames Research
Center. As education director, Donald is responsible for the center's
education programs, including K-12, college and graduate.
Donald graduated from the University of Southern California in 1979, with
a B.A. in International Relations. He attended a summer session at Cambridge
University in England later that summer. There, his studies focused on
British History and Economics. In 1980, Donald was awarded a 3 year fellowship
from the National Science Foundation, and in 1982 earned a master's degree
in International Development and Public Administration from American University.
|| Donald was born in Stockton, California in 1957. His family moved
to Sacramento in 1962 when his father accepted a position as Deputy
Attorney general for the State of California. Growing up, Donald lived,
went to school and traveled in Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe due
to his father's work in the Peace Corps and U.S. Foreign Service.
Donald is the oldest of three siblings. He has a brother who is
a Captain with American Airlines, another brother who is an attorney
in Michigan and a sister who is also an attorney in California.
Donald's mother is a retired school teacher and lives in Sacramento
and his father is retired from the State Department and lives in
Rockville, Maryland. Donald lives in Pleasanton, California. with
his wife Tanya and their two children Brandon (7) and Shawna (4).
His hobbies are playing with his kids, reading and traveling.