Pamela (Pam) Sullivan is the Director of the Office of Geostationary Earth Orbit Observations, where she is in charge of the development, integration, and launching of the Western Hemisphere’s most advanced weather-observing and environmental-monitoring satellites.
Sullivan oversees the development of the spacecraft and instruments, as well as the ground system that receives the data from the satellites, generates data products, and distributes the products to forecasters. The GOES-R Series includes GOES-16 (NOAA’s operational GOES East), GOES-18 (NOAA’s operational GOES West), GOES-17 (on-orbit standby) and the upcoming GOES-U satellite. She is also overseeing the development of the next generation of NOAA’s geostationary satellites, Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO).
Before joining NOAA, Sullivan managed the GOES-R Series Flight project at NASA and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Sullivan is a five-time recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.