Joanne Maguire

2022 Awardee, General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award

Joanne Maguire was highly successful in leadership and senior management roles entirely focused on space at both TRW (acquired by Northrop Grumman) and Lockheed Martin, and her impactful career in the space ecosystem spanned many decades. Joanne retired in May 2013 from Lockheed Martin Corporation where she served as executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space (LMS) and first female corporate officer.

In this role, Maguire provided an extensive variety of technologically advanced systems to commercial and government customer bases, providing key products in the arenas of national security, civil space, and commercial space, including projects on human space flight systems; satellites for weather, remote sensing, navigation, and communications; strategic and missile defense systems; space observatories; and interplanetary spacecraft.

While at LMS, Joanne led multiple space exploration efforts that included the development and launch of JUNO, a Jupiter-bound exploration vehicle; the missions of Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL); and Phoenix Lander, a Mars exploration vehicle. Under Maguire’s leadership, LMS also began the design and development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, NASA’s next-generation human spacecraft.

Prior to Lockheed Martin, she spent 28 years at TRW’s Space and Electronics sector, (now part of Northrop Grumman) assuming progressively responsible leadership roles in engineering and technology, programs, manufacturing and business development, culminating in her appointment as deputy to the sector CEO.

Maguire, an advocate for inclusion in the space ecosystem, increased the number of women in leadership and executive roles while at LMS. She was an executive sponsor for the corporate-wide Women’s Leadership Forum and a key leader of Lockheed’s LGBTQ Leadership Forum. Outside of her professional responsibilities, Joanne has been a tireless advocate in developing the next generation of women leaders through mentorship and support of STEM education for girls and women. She was honored by Girls, Inc for her role as a role model for young women.

Recognized as a trailblazing woman executive in space, Maguire is the first female recipient of the prestigious International von Kármán Wings Award from California Institute of Technology, and, in 2009, she received the Society of Women Engineers’ Upward Mobility Award for pioneering work in aerospace engineering and diversity management. Joanne was ranked numerous times in Fortune magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2017, UCLA named her Engineering Alumna of the Year. Her professional accolades include selection as a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and election to the National Academy of Engineering.

Maguire currently serves as independent director on the boards of CommScope Holding Company, Visteon Corporation, and TetraTech. Active in her support of nonprofits, she is a board member for Draper Laboratory (an independent nonprofit research and development organization) and serves on the Dean’s Executive Board at UCLA’s Samueli School of Engineering.


  • 1975-2013 highly successful senior leadership roles at both TRW (later Northrop Grumman) and Lockheed Martin with roles entirely focused on space
  • Presided over major programs for a wide variety of customers including a number of classified space systems, U.S. Air Force satellites, NASA, NOAA and commercial customers. Those include:
    • Mars Phoenix Lander
    • JUNO mission to Jupiter
    • Several GOES weather satellites,
    • Orion contract
  • Lockheed Martin’s first female executive vice president
  • 2014 inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
  • One of a handful of female AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) fellows