Cozette M. Hart is NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's director for human resources. Hart is responsible for developing and delivering programs and services that help attract, reward, develop, engage and retain a highly skilled, diverse workforce of more than 5,000 employees. Organizations that report to her include JPL's offices for diversity, employee relations, occupational health, benefits, human resources information systems, staffing, compensation, employee services, recognition and professional development.
Hart earned her bachelor's degree in finance from Montana State University, Bozeman and her Masters of Business Administration in finance from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. In 1984, she joined the Hospital Council of Southern California, where she provided human resource consulting services to more than 200 hospitals in Southern California. Hart joined Atlantic Richfield in 1989 and held a series of Human Resources managerial positions of increasing responsibility with ARCO corporate and subsidiary companies over the course of 11 years. Upon the acquisition of ARCO by British Petroleum in 2000, she became the vice president for human resources for BP's United States retail organization encompassing more than 19,000 employees across the U.S.