James Rinaldi is the chief information officer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has direct management responsibility over JPL's Institutional Computing and Information Services Office and works closely with information technology management, supporting end users of the engineering, interplanetary network and finance/business operations. Rinaldi has more than 25 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 Internal Revenue Service and chief of Business Systems Integration. While at the IRS, Rinaldi helped develop the Free Tax Alliance e-Gov initiative as well as provide guidance and expertise on the IRS modernization efforts.
Rinaldi spent 16 years at the Marriott Corporation, Bethesda, Md., where his last position was senior vice president for information resources, operations and services. He was responsible for designing, building and operating Marriott International's technology infrastructure, consisting of computer hardware, software and global networking for more than 2,000 locations, including the corporate computing center. He was directly involved in Marriott's e-commerce business, business processes and initiatives, as well as web architecture hosting.
Rinaldi has a Bachelor of Arts in computer science from the University of North Florida, Jacksonville. He has successfully completed executive and leadership development programs at the University of Maryland, College Park.