Patricia Southerland was born and raised in Washington, D.C.; she joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1991. Ms. Southerland has a long career in the federal government of more than 40 years. In 2008, Ms. Southerland accepted her position as NASA Headquarters’ Records Manager after supporting various NASA science based missions and receiving numerous awards and recognition for many of her achievements.
Ms. Southerland worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Goddard) in Greenbelt, MD from 1997 to 2008. While at Goddard, she held several positions. Ms. Southerland is involved in various committees and boards. She worked as Procurement Grant Resource Specialist; and also worked within the NASA Life Science Division to support projects related to the NASA Space Station Program. Ms. Southerland also served on peer review panels for life microgravity sciences and applications projects under the direction of NASA’s Life Sciences Division.