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 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. 

Cindy holds a Master of Science in Industrial and Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida, a Master in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Material Science Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 


Cynthia (Cindy) Lodge is the Deputy Director—Operations, serving as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and overseeing USGS regional operations. The COO is responsible for providing direct line supervision to the regional directors, leading the planning and operations for the day-to-day activities of regional science programs to ensure the USGS stays at the forefront of science initiatives. 

Career History and Highlights 

Among many 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.