Lewis Redding, the Ombudsperson for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, has announced he will retire at the end of May 2011. Redding has served in the role since 1996 and previously was the Ombudsman at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Northeastern University. When hired at JPL, he became not only that laboratory's first Ombuds, but also the first Ombuds at any NASA facility.
Redding has been a speaker at IOA and TOA conferences and a long-time supporter and organizer of the California Caucus of College & University Ombuds and the Southern California Ombuds Group. There has been no announcement regarding the future of the JPL Ombuds program. (IOA Speaker Profiles 2006; 2010 CCCUO Agenda.)