James Rinaldi is JPL's Chief Information Officer. He has direct management responsibility over JPL's Information Technology Directorate supporting end users of the engineering, interplanetary network and finance/business operations. As CIO, Jim has the responsibility for establishing the IT architecture, planning and strategy for the Lab. In addition, Jim serves as a member of JPL's Executive Council and various management councils to provide Lab governance. Jim has more than 30 years of experience with information systems in government and industry. He was the Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration where he had overall responsibility for the planning, development and delivery of information systems across the FDA. Prior to that, he was the Chief of Information Technology Services at the IRS and Chief of Business Systems Integration. While at the IRS, Jim helped develop the Free Tax Alliance e-Gov initiative as well as provide guidance and expertise on the IRS Modernization efforts.
Jim spent 16 years at the Marriott International Corporation in Bethesda, MD, where his last position was senior vice president for information resources, operations and services. Jim has a bachelor of arts in computer science from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He has successfully completed executive and leadership development programs at the University of Maryland in College Park. Jim is an award recipient of several industry and government awards including Federal 100, NASA Awards and CIO 100.