Path to Power
For school, Cureton attended Howard University. In 1980, she earned a bachelor's in mathematics. In 1994, Cureton also received a master's degree in applied mathematics and a post-master's advanced certificate in applied mathematics from Johns Hopkins University.
Career Civil Servant
Cureton has spent her career working in the IT offices of the federal government. Prior to her role as NASA CIO, Cureton headed the IT department at GSFC. As the CIO, she ensured that the GSFC's IT strategy was aligned with NASA's overall vision, mission and goals. Prior to joining NASA, Cureton served as associate CIO, acting-deputy CIO and acting-CIO of the Energy Department. While there, she had a broad range of responsibilities including strategic planning, network and information security, as well as application development and maintenance of corporate systems. Cureton also spent time at the Justice Department in its management division. While there, she was responsible for maintaining the department's data centers, which supported the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Prisons and the Immigration and Naturalization Service's computer systems.
As CIO, Cureton will find ways to improve NASA's information- storage systems, while providing easy data access and strong security. She'll also have a hand in internal communications.
A vocal advocate of social media, Cureton blogged and used Twitter and Facebook while working as GSFC CIO. While still at GSFC, she used her time and understanding of the social sites to help create Spacebook. Using Facebook's open software platform, Cureton adapted a version for NASA that allows agency-wide communication among employees but has more security.