As the Deputy Director for Operations, Cindy Lodge leads science strategy planning and execution for the day-to-day activities of the USGS regional programs to ensure that the USGS stays at the forefront of science initiatives.
Prior to organizational changes in 2020 that created two deputy positions (Deputy Director—Operations and Deputy Director—Administration and Policy), Cindy served as the USGS Deputy Director.
Cindy joined the USGS in April 2015 as the Associate Director for the Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration (BPI), the Bureau's chief adviser for all matters related to strategic budgetary and financial strategies. Prior to joining the USGS, Cindy’s career included 27 years with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center and Washington, D.C., Headquarters, in a variety of engineering and senior executive positions in research and development, program management, operations, and budget. Throughout her career, she has assessed and changed operational processes, eliminating waste and improving the efficiency of a multitude of projects. She improved scientific and engineering methods with innovative enhancements, evaluated and selected proposals for space systems, and planned and produced analytical studies involving the substance of key agency programs. She also served a year as a congressional fellow in 2003 as a legislative assistant.