Tabisa Taliwaku Kalisa | Program Manager, NASA Office of Small Business Programs

Ms. Tabisa “Tabi” Taliwaku Kalisa currently serves as a Program Manager for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) in Washington, DC. Mrs. Kalisa oversees the Agency’s Woman-Owned Small Business, Historically Underutilized Business Zone concerns, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)/Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and the Agency’s Mentor-Protégé Program. In addition, Mrs. Kalisa serves as the Program Manager for NASA’s Ames Research Center and Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, Langley Research Center in Virginia and Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

As a Program Manager, Mrs. Kalisa provides small business guidance by presenting and interpreting Federal and Agency-wide policy to NASA Centers, external Government agencies, and Industry. As the Communication and Social Media Manager, she is responsible for the development and implementation of all OSBP external communications and social media strategy, including website content development. With her oversight of collateral design and production OSBP’s outreach materials have received multiple Communicator Awards, honoring excellence in marketing and communication. Since she joined NASA OSBP in 2006, her responsibilities have included overseeing the Agency’s small business prime and subcontracting goaling metrics and the OSBP budget. Mrs. Kalisa has received numerous awards during her NASA career including a NASA Early Achievement Medal, a NASA Agency Exceptional Achievement Medal, a NASA Agency Honor Award, and a NASA Headquarters Honor Award.

Mrs. Kalisa started working in the Federal Government small business arena in 2003 by providing support to the Department of the Army’s Office of Small Business Programs Mentor-Protégé Program at the Pentagon. A year later, she transitioned to providing support to the Department of Defense’s Office of Small Business Programs Mentor-Protégé Program and Indian Incentive Program.

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