Cynthia (Cindy) Lodge

Cindy Lodge is currently serving as the Deputy Director, assisting the Director in leading the USGS and managing the business operations of the bureau.


Prior to her Deputy Director role, Cindy Lodge served as the Associate Director of the Office of Budget, Planning and Integration in the Office of the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). She is the Bureau's chief adviser for all matters related to strategic budgetary and financial strategies, budget formulation, presentation and advocacy; guidance and oversight for budget execution, internal controls, and working capital funds; leadership and oversight for the Bureau's Strategic Plan and supporting the Department of the Interior's Strategic Plan; leadership for performance management and enterprise risk management; and reports to these activities to the Department of Interior,  Office of Management and Budget and Congress.

Career History and Highlights

Cindy came to the USGS after a 27-year career with NASA, bringing with her a breadth of skills and experience. Throughout her career, she has assessed and changed operational processes, eliminating waste and improving the efficiency of a multitude of space projects. She improved 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.

Cindy served as the Director for Strategic Investments and the Performance Improvement Officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In this role, she was responsible for development of NASA's overall strategy of investment to achieve mission objectives. Analyzing technical, programmatic, and institutional investment options and risks available to the Agency in support of Administration policies and Congressional legislation, she formulated the Agency's budgets, measured and reported on Agency Performance, and provided insight and guidance to the Administrator on all decisions of strategic importance. Her legislative experience includes time as a NASA Congressional Fellow with U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, for whom she assisted with legislation on civil and military space, Earth science, energy, and new technology. She also held multiple roles at the Kennedy Space Center, originally joining NASA after the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy to redirect the operations workforce into executing the Shuttle schedule. Her help in rebuilding workforce morale resulted in upgraded staff performance and reduced operational costs in excess of 35 percent. She began her career as a Materials & Processing Engineer with the Lockheed Space Operations Company, performing failure analyses for space systems hardware and working with research scientists to develop new methods and inventions for the space shuttle.

Among many other honors, Cindy was presented by NASA astronauts with the "Silver Snoopy" award, a prestigious recognition given to only one percent of the space industry, for her work on the space shuttle program.


Cindy holds a master's in industrial and engineering management from the University of Central Florida, a master's in business from Nova Southeastern University, and a bachelor's degree in materials engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.