Ms. Steffanie Easter is Executive Director for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office. The F-35 Lightning II Program is the Department of Defense’s largest acquisition program which will deliver an affordable and sustainable fifth generation strike aircraft for the USAF, USN, USMC and eight International Partners.
Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Easter was Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education, where she was civilian executive advisor for the planning and programming of all manpower, personnel, training, and education resources, budgeting for Navy personnel and developing the information systems and tools to effectively manage the Navy Total Force.
Ms. Easter is a 1985 graduate of North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. She holds a master’s degree in engineering management from the Catholic University of America.
Ms. Easter has 29 years of federal service and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in December 2002. She was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2007, the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award in 2009, and the Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2013. She is also the recipient of the 2009 Women of Color Managerial Leadership award and the 2010 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Professional Achievement-Government Award.