Gale is Deputy Chief Scientist at NASA Headquarters. She began her NASA career at the Kennedy Space Center as Chief of the Materials and Chemistry Branch, and served NASA as the Associate Director of Technology Programs and Commercialization. At NASA HQ, Dr. Allen managed the Bioastronautics (human research and life support) Research Program, served as deputy for the Human Systems Research and Technology Program, and Director of the Strategic Integration and Management Division before moving to her current position.
Dr. Allen has received a NASA Space Act, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, and an Exceptional Performance Award. She is on the Board of Directors of Women in Aerospace, an elected member of the Brenau University Board of Trustees, and is the Vice President for the Zonta Club of Fairfax County. Dr. Allen holds a B. S. in Chemistry, an M.S. in Chemistry from Old Dominion University, an MBA in Management from Brenau University, and a Doctorate in Business Administration with an emphasis in high technology partnership development from Nova Southeastern University.