James Rinaldi

Chief Information Technology Advisor, Former CIO at Jet Propulsion Laboratory

James Rinaldi is a Chief Information Technology advisor and former CIO at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In his role as JPL’s Chief Information Officer, Mr. Rinaldi had direct management responsibility over JPL’s Institutional Computing and Information Services and working closely with information technology management, supporting end users of the engineering, interplanetary network and finance/business operations.

Jim 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 IRS and Chief of Business Systems Integration.  While at the IRS, Jim helped develop the Free Tax Alliance e-Gov initiative as well as provide guidance and expertise on the IRS Modernization efforts.  Jim spent 16 years at the Marriott Corporation in 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 over 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. Jim has a bachelor of arts in computer science from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He has successfully completed executive and leadership development programs at the University of Maryland in College Park.  Jim is an award recipient of the Federal 100 – the top executives from government, industry and academia who had the greatest impact on the government information systems community in 2010.  Jim sits on several non-profit boards and industry advisory councils.