Dr. Ed Hoffman is CEO of Knowledge Engagement, LLC, a firm engaged in research, education, and consulting services at a strategic organizational level. He directly supports the Project Management Institute as a Strategic Advisor with a focus on integrated systems for talent management, knowledge engagement and learning strategies. Dr. Hoffman is also Executive in Residence at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies.
Dr. Hoffman retired from NASA as a senior executive after 33 years. He was appointed the first NASA Chief Knowledge Officer in 2011 and held responsibility for system-wide strategy, integration, and deployment of knowledge services. Prior to this role he was the founding director of the NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) serving in this role for over 20 years. During this period, the Academy was the top rated Project Management Academy in the world. In addition to leading the NASA Academy, he was the project manager for the NASA Strategic Management and Governance Handbook, which established new governance after the Columbia Shuttle accident. He started his career at NASA as an organization development consultant supporting NASA teams and projects, and having responsibility for leadership development.
Dr. Hoffman has written numerous journal articles, co-authored NASA's Journey to Project Management Excellence (NASA, 2012), Shared Voyage: Learning and Unlearning from Remarkable Projects (NASA, 2005), and Project Management Success Stories: Lessons of Project Leaders (Wiley, 2000), and speaks frequently at conferences and associations. He serves as adjunct faculty at The George Washington University in the School of Business, and Drexel University in the School of Engineering.
He received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2010. Dr. Hoffman holds a Doctorate, as well as M.A. and M.S. degrees, from Columbia University in the area of social and organizational psychology. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brooklyn College in 1981.