Linda Cureton led the information technology programs for several federal agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and NASA. She founded Muse Technologies, a leading IT enterprise solution firm. She is a strong advocate for the practical use of technology.
Ms. Cureton was born in Bethesda, Maryland, and was a member of the first graduating class of The Duke Ellington School of the Arts. After graduation, she studied mathematics at Howard University, then earned a masters and advanced certificate in applied mathematics from The Johns Hopkins University. While at Hopkins she studied numerical analysis, publishing her work in the Journal of Sound and Vibration.
Ms. Cureton’s career spanned several public service leadership roles. She served as Deputy CIO and Deputy Assistant Director of The Office of Science and Technology for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, CIO of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and finally as CIO of NASA. Appointed as CIO in 2009, she aligned NASA’s complex IT needs to support the space agency. Cureton also launched the NASA CIO blog, which continues to be popular with fans of the space program. She received special recognition for her pioneering efforts in social media.
In 2013, Cureton founded Muse Technologies, Inc., providing diverse information technology and planning resources to both private and government sector organizations. It is an industry leader in cloud computing, mobility, social media platforms, and enterprise solutions.
Extensively published, she serves several advisory boards, including the Open Systems Software Institute and the DC Youth Orchestra Program. Her book, The Leadership Muse, shares her wisdom with new leaders. She has received numerous awards, including one of The 50 Women of Influence and Power by the Minority Enterprise Executive Council, as well as the IT Service Management Forum Summit Heritage Award.
Cureton also enjoys teaching piano lessons with her mother.