Arlene Simpson Porter

Photo of Ms. Arlene Simpson Porter, NOAA AGO GMD Director Ms. Porter is the Director of the Grants Management Division (GMD) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Acquisition and Grants Office. She is responsible for providing overall direction and oversight of NOAA’s financial assistance management through policy formulation and implementation. NOAA’s Grants Management awards a billion dollars in financial assistance in support of the National Marine Fisheries Service, National Ocean Service, National Weather Service, National Environmental and Satellite and Data Information Services, NOAA Research, Office of Education, and the Department of Commerce Minority Development Administration, International Trade Administration, National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Office of Secretary financial assistance programs.

Ms. Porter began her Federal career in 1981 as an intern at the Internal Revenue Service and the General Services Administration. Additionally, Ms. Porter worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (1985 – 1991) in Human Resources and then in Procurement as a Contracting Officer negotiating equipment and material for the Space Shuttle.

In 1991 Ms. Porter joined the NOAA Grants Management Division serving in multiple assignments including Grants Management Specialist, Team Leader, Minority Serving Institutions Grants Officer, and Chief of Grants Operations Branch. In addition to the day-to-day operations, she developed and implemented broad policy and administrative guidelines involving grants management for Minority Serving Institutions to facilitate building capacity and raising the awareness of NOAA.

Ms. Porter graduated from Prince George’s Community College (MD) with an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration (honors) and from Bowie State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (honors). Ms. Porter also completed the Management Concepts Grants Certificate Program.

She is a member of the National Grants Management Association and served on the Board of Directors (1998 – 2000). Ms. Porter is a lifetime member of the Delta Mu Delta National Business Honor Society. Ms. Porter was born in New York, reared in Washington D.C., and currently resides in Maryland. Ms. Porter is married and has one son.

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