Jim Kuzma joined Space Florida in 2012 and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the agency. In this role, Jim handles operations and client fulfillment functions, including Space Florida’s increasing responsibilities for aerospace facilities and infrastructure, spaceport operations, technology advancement, talent supply- chain initiatives and education programs.
Jim has more than 20 years of experience in the U.S. Navy and most recently served as the commanding officer of the Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU) based in Cape Canaveral, Florida. He has also served as a division chief for the U.S. Strategic Command (Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance) in Washington D.C., and as deputy director of operations for Submarine Forces out of Norfolk, Virginia.
Jim’s decorations from his naval service include a Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medals and various unit and service awards.
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.