Maureen Heath is the vice president, civil space at Northrop Grumman Corporation. She is responsible for the sector's strategy in the civil space market, including the development of advanced systems, and the capture of major systems contracts in that business area. She is the senior focal point for the sector's civil space customers, building on current relationships with NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, specifically. Heath additionally is the company's lead executive for NASA's Space Exploration Prometheus initiative. Heath brings an extensive background in space programs to her new position from her most recent role as vice president of marketing and Washington operations. She began her aerospace career with the U.S. Air Force in 1979. Heath earned a bachelor's degree in physics from California State University at Fullerton and a master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She was named a Brookings Congressional Fellow in 1995, serving in the office of Senator Pete Domenici for one year.