Joe Foster

Cloud Computing Program Manager

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Joe joined NASA in September 2018 to transform how NASA utilizes and adopts the cloud for mission. As a cloud computing subject matter expert with over 15 years of Government service, he provides GFSC with center-wide strategic and tactical advice and leads integration efforts across center to accelerate cloud adoption. He is also the primary interface to the Agency Computing Services Program Office, advocating center-wide cloud computing needs to the Agency. Joe previously served as an IT Program Manager with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from 2010–2018, where he was an early adopter of commercial cloud services starting in 2015. In this role he oversaw the migration of over 60 separate applications from on-premises data centers to the cloud; spearheaded adoption of the DevOps Pipeline; and conceptualized the system being used by NGA to plan and track the cloud migration of more than 650 applications Agency-wide. He served on NGA’s Cloud Leadership Team, Cloud Adoption Management Group, and DevOps Council, as well as advised leadership for input to 2 Intelligence Community-wide Cloud forums, the Intelligence Community IT Enterprise steering committee, and the ICITE Mission Users Group Forums. Prior to NGA, Joe also served in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and as a private sector consultant. Joe is a U.S. Army Veteran (serving from 1998–2005 as a Chemical Weapons Analyst) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s of Business Administration, with a concentration in Organizational Strategy and Finance, from the University of Maryland.