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Joan Higginbotham
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Joan Higginbotham

Former NASA Astronaut; Lowe’s Director of Community Relations
FEE RANGE: $10,000–$15,000 [FEE NOTE]
TRAVELS FROM: North Carolina
Joan Higginbotham served as a mission specialist aboard Space Shuttle Discovery during a 12-day STS-116 mission to the International Space Station in December 2006. She is the first known Saluki and third African-American woman to fly aboard a space shuttle and logged more than 308 hours on Discovery. Higginbotham spent 20 years with NASA, starting at the Kennedy Space Center as a payload electrical engineer before moving to the lead position for the Orbiter Experiments on Space Shuttle Columbia. After leaving NASA, Higginbotham served as vice president of business development and worldwide production with Marathon Oil. In 2011, she became director of community relations for Lowe’s Corp., based in North Carolina, where she develops and is involved with ongoing philanthropic strategies to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico through annual corporate contributions of more than $32 million.