Beth Beck is passionate about public service. She views innovation and collaboration as tools to challenge bureaucratic status quo. As NASA's Open Innovation Program Manager, her current role is to accelerate the identification and adoption of breakthrough innovation and cutting-edge data technology solutions through open government, digital strategy, and mass collaboration.
Beth, a social media addict, adopted Twitter early in 2007 as one of the first NASA users. As Public Outreach Manager, she believed the best way to infect new audiences with space fever is through their unique "passion" languages. With this in mind, she coordinated development of NASA's Facebook page, and planned and supported Tweetups for Space Shuttle and Space Station missions.
Beth co-founded the award-winning LAUNCH program to connect with sustainablility-minded audiences to demonstrate relevance between scarce resources on Earth and life in the extremely hostile environment of space. LAUNCH, an unlikely partnership between NASA, Nike, USAID, State, is a global initiative to identify and accelerate game-changing solutions for intractable challenges.
She created MindMapr, an interactive real-time digital note-taking platform, to capture data during LAUNCH events. Beth created NASA's web-based 3-D multimedia collection for easy public access to models and tools created by NASA designers; and worked with Astronaut Ron Garan to develop FragileOasis, which will shift to private management.
She received NASA's Exceptional Service Medal for innovative public outreach programs and the WIA Aerospace Awareness Award. Beth, a Phi Beta Kappa, received both graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in government and public affairs, and is currently pursuing PhD research on the Social Ecology of Collaborative Innovation Practices through Virginia Tech.