Christopher J Loria


In this role, CJ will provide executive level oversight for several programs, including the Land Change Science Program, Land Remote Sensing Program, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, Climate Research and Development Program, Carbon Sequestration assessments, and the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

CJ joined the USGS in December 2018, as the director of EROS in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As such, CJ oversees the activities of the largest civilian collection of images of the Earth’s land surface in existence, including tens of millions of satellite images. EROS also operates the Landsat satellite program with NASA.

CJ came to the USGS from NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, where he was a Director with Syncom Space Services in charge of $125.1 million worth of work across the NASA Stennis Space Center and NASA Michoud Assembly facility for NASA. From 2014 through 2015, CJ served as the Director of Operations for the National Science Foundation’s National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) in Boulder, CO. NEON is a continental-scale ecological observation and land use change facility, providing calibrated data products to scientists, academia, researchers, and public policy makers.

CJ also served previously as the first Deputy Chief Engineer with the Constellation Program at NASA Headquarters. He also worked on the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and Orbital Space Plane programs. CJ holds an executive certificate in Business Management and Leadership from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and is a Distinguished Hispanic Graduate of the Class of 1983 from the United States Naval Academy.