Karen Fields is a leader in Booz Allen’s aerospace business, delivering transformational solutions for NASA. As our NASA account lead, she is responsible for overall business performance and growth including strategy and account planning, marketing and proposal development, contract performance, and senior staff development across Booz Allen offices aligned to major NASA centers.
Karen has a passion for space exploration and has enjoyed a 33-year career contracting with NASA clients to help them with their most difficult challenges. She is currently focused on supporting the space agency in the Artemis mission to return to the Moon and onto Mars.
Prior to her current role, Karen was Booz Allen’s deputy program manager for the Constellation Technical Support Contract where she led a 200-person team of contractors charged with integrating the major projects into the mission.
Karen supported NASA’s building of the International Space Station (ISS). She was part of the Vehicle Integrated Performance and Resources (VIPeR) team that developed and planned the assembly sequence, visiting vehicle traffic, and resource management, including propellant, power, crew time, and internal and external stowage on the ISS. Karen was on the VIPeR team for 12 years, eventually leading a 30-person team of highly skilled engineers.
Earlier in her career, Karen helped plan the Spacelab Life Sciences missions and managed stowage studies for the NASA Shuttle – Mir Space Station Program. This program allowed the U.S. to learn from Russian long-duration spaceflight experience and to foster a spirit of cooperation between the two nations and their space agencies.
In her free time, Karen volunteers for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to help ensure the safety of the nation’s children. She provides corporate identity and branding strategies to help build NCMEC mission awareness among consumers, donors, and other stakeholders.
Karen holds a B.A. from the University of Houston.