Joi C. Spraggins CEO, Legacy Bridges STEM Academy, Inc.; AAIA Member, NSBE Life-Time Member 325 and NSBE Aerospace SIG Ambassador for the State of Pennsylvania


Dr. Joi C. Spraggins (Dr. Joi®) is recognized as a legacy leadership expert in global diversity inclusion, leadership development, communications, workforce development, public policy, NASA STEM and community engagement. She is the President of Legacy, Pathways and Footprints (LPF) and founder of Legacy Bridges STEM Academy, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit NASA Legends and Trail Blazers STEM Institute and Ecosystem. (Legacy Bridges)

She provides customized services include strategic planning, program administration, leadership development, strategic communications, global equity, diversity and inclusion, scientific research, and STEM workforce development training that stimulates job creation.

Dr. Joi® is her educational and motivational speaking services trademark name in the field of business leadership and communications. She inspires leaders to build their legacy, pathways, and footprints. She is a consultant, public speaker, trainer, author, and a frequent moderator/facilitator for national conferences and STEM Education Forums. She co-authored Mission Possible! Learn How To Reach Your Potential with Stephen Covey and Brian Tracy.

Dr. Spraggins is a NSBE Life-Time Member and 2018 recipient of the NSBE Technical Excellence Ambassador Award. As a NSBE Aerospace Ambassador SIG and a member of the NSBE Public Policy Leadership Team, she advocates for greater diversity and inclusion for women/girls, minorities and veterans in aviation/ aerospace, scientific research, systems thinking and private/public sector HBCU Partnerships. She is an active member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; Tuskegee History Center Museum, Alabama, The East Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc and serves as a STEM Aerospace Ambassador for the Civil Air Patrol Headquarters, AL; Pennsylvania and West Philadelphia Squadron. 

Legacy Bridges’ mission and vision are to develop legacy leadership and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and business-education using NASA Mission Directorates, International Space Station (ISS) Multinational collaboration STEM Education and knowledge transfer solutions that advance scientific research discovery and humanity. The results help industry leaders build their legacies through people, performance, profits, and community partnerships that stimulate job creation and the U.S. economy.

Legacy Bridges is the founder of the Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOT) Nathan O. Thomas Aviation/Aerospace Civilian Pilot Training, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and NASA Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) STEM Pilot Program. DOTA Thomas served in the Army at the Air Force in Aberdeen, Maryland; Sheppard Airforce Base, Texas and Tuskegee, Alabama. While at Tuskegee, DOTA Thomas served under the legendary DOTA Colonel Benjamin O. Davis with the infamous 99th Pursuit Squadron performing administrative duties. When DOTA Thomas completed his military services, he resumed his studies at HBCU Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware. 

In 2017, Dr. Spraggins’ NASA STEM Career and Technical Education abstract was featured at the International Space Station (ISS) Research & Development Conference. Featured at the 2020 ISS Research & Development Conference was the Legacy Bridges’ Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) PAsmart NASA Education Professional Development Training Program for Educators in partnership with Orion Quest. 

Dr. Spraggins received her Doctoral Degree from the American Society of Christian Therapists and earned her Masters of Government Administration (MGA) from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels School of Government.  In 2018 she successfully completed the 2017-2018 Pennsylvania Education Policy and Leadership Center Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) Fellowship Program; and also completed a Senior Global Education Policy IEL Fellowship Program on Workforce Development with a field study in the U.S., Germany & Switzerland. On July 2, 2020, The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard honored Dr. Spraggins for her COVID-19 “Selfless Service” To Others Youth, Veterans and Families, United Nations Sustainable Goals.