Head, Information Technology Services Division
Grace Coventry

As the head of the information technology services division, Ms. Grace Coventry leads the institute’s information technology (IT) environment in support of our astrophysics and data science missions. She is responsible for the architecture, security, processes, and service operations that support our engineering, science, and business systems.

Before joining STScI, Ms. Coventry was a principal director for the technology advisory services division at Accenture LLP in Arlington, Virginia, from 2014 through 2019. There, she led large-scale, mission-critical IT projects to support health care and the public sector, working with clients to envision their technology futures to support their evolving business strategies and provide IT roadmaps to achieve them. She also focused on leveraging technology innovation to support new mission capabilities.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Coventry was the vice president of health strategy and innovation at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) in Vienna, Virginia, where she led the development of the company’s health IT strategy, and connected health IT and enterprise architecture. She previously served as the federal health architecture lead at Vangent, Inc. in Vienna, where she worked on integration and interoperability architecture to help create the first nationwide network for the electronic exchange of clinical health data. Prior to that, Ms. Coventry served at Blueprint Technologies in Vienna as a senior solutions architect for many industries, including telecommunications, finance, and manufacturing.

Throughout her career, Ms. Coventry has contributed to a number of professional organizations. She currently serves as a member of the U.S. Advisory Board for the Pardada Pardadi Educational Society in Delhi, India, which provides critical education and health services for girls and women in rural India. She was formerly the chair of George Mason University’s Bioengineering Program Advisory Board, as well a former member of Western Governors University’s Health Professions Program Council. She also served as founder and initial chair of the Health IT Innovation Community run by the Health Information Management Systems Society from 2009 to 2011, where she helped to showcase and discuss innovations in health IT.


BA in English Literature, University of British Columbia