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Deirdre Reynolds Jones serves as the Acting Director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of NWS operational systems.
Ms. Jones joined the NWS in 1992 at the Radar Operations Center in Norman, OK. She held positions in quality assurance and engineering management. A product of the Department of Commerce Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, Ms. Jones was appointed Director of the NWS Office of Science and Technology Systems Engineering Center in 2001. She provided leadership and direction for several weather system projects which enhanced the nation's severe weather warnings and forecasts. As Director of the Operations Division, she was responsible for maintenance of all NWS operational weather systems and facilities throughout the US and its territories.
Prior to joining the NWS, Ms. Jones served nine years with Vitro Corporation on the Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCM) program. She improved the integration and test programs for the GLCM Weapons Control System software. In 1987, she moved to Oklahoma with Vitro where she became Chief Engineer for Vitro's Oklahoma City Engineering Office until the office closed in 1990.
Ms. Jones holds a Master of Science in Systems Management from
the University of Southern California (USC). She is also a graduate
of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Electrical Engineering. She resides in Silver Spring,
Maryland with her spouse of 24 years, Bobby Jones.