CCS 009 | Steven Gonzalez : NASA | Johnson Space Center | Good Works Houston

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NASA’s Head of Partnerships (and my mentor) Steven Gonzalez joins us for episode 9 of The Chris Craft Show. We talked about Steven’s childhood dream of working at NASA, getting an astronaut to Mars, and NASA’s strategic partnerships with the private sector. Enjoy the show!

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For nearly 30 years, Mr. González has applied his skills in visioning, strategy, innovation and fostering collaborations to benefit the human exploration of Space. At the NASA/Johnson Space Center (JSC), he lead the team to develop the 20 year strategy for the Center and was instrumental in creating numerous strategic initiatives that connected NASA to the entrepreneur and innovation community in Houston. Among these were the JSC Acceleration Center that enabled the Houston Technology Center to connect entrepreneurs to NASA engineers on JSC’s campus and the NASA Executive Liaison program with the Greater Houston Partnership that lead to the creation of the SpaceCom Conference and Exposition. Mr. González has been embedded in the innovation ecosystem in Houston during his tenure as the NASA Executive Liaison at the Houston Technology Center (HTC) and the NASA Executive Liaison at the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP). During his time at GHP he created a stronger alliance between NASA and the startup community and strategized with GHP leadership on the future direction of the innovation ecosystem in Houston.

After nearly 30 years of improving life in space, Mr. González is also looking to benefit life on earth. He is a strategic consultant to the Good Works Houston, a non-profit focused on impacting 1 million Houstonians by enabling social impact entrepreneurs. Good Works Houston provides a Venture Development and Venture Acceleration program to help these mission driven entrepreneurs to move from idea to sustainable growth.

Earlier in his career Mr. González lead a number of technology labs focused on providing advanced technologies to support the human operations of space missions and he also instructed the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-65 mission on the vehicle’s computer and navigation system. Mr. González has received numerous awards and was nominated as one of the 100 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business. He received his Masters of Science at Texas A&M University and his Bachelors at Boston University. He just celebrated his 27th anniversary with his wife Rosie and is the proud father of a son and daughter at the University of North Texas.

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