Ron Thompson

Associate Chief Information Officer for Transformation and Data and Chief Data Officer


Ron Thompson is the Associate Chief Information Officer for (ACIO) for Transformation and Data and NASA's Chief Data Officer (CDO). Mr. Thompson has more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors where he was responsible for the data design, innovation, engineering, operational management, and governance of complex IT solutions. Ron’s hands-on experience in organizational design and transformation bring new perspectives to partnerships and creative problem solving.

Prior to joining NASA, Thompson served as Director of the Information Technology Division and Chief Information Officer of US Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, charged with protecting agency data and providing IT services. He was responsible for innovative solutions and designs while maintaining systems for data capture, analysis, and dissemination.

As the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Information and Technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from 2016-2017, Ron improved the efficiency and effectiveness of program operations and assisted administrations across the department.

Before serving at the VA, Thompson was the Executive Director for Engineering, Design and Operations in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Chief Information Officer. In this role, he transformed the IT service management model which increased service levels, ensured reliance and agility, and lowered overall costs. Ron also led the implementation of IT governance and innovation across the Domain Governance Office, focusing on improved business outcomes from the agency’s IT investments.

From 2009 to 2011, Ron held the position of Director of Program Management and Finance for the Internal Revenue Service where he managed finance, employee and labor relations, and talent management. His federal service also includes Chief Enterprise Architect and Program Manager for the Data Access and Dissemination System Office within the US Census Bureau and Director of Web Application Infrastructure with the Department of Treasury.

In the private sector, Thompson held Senior Account Manager and Consulting Manager positions with Hewlett Packard and Compaq Computer, leading software development, system design, and program execution.

Thompson is a fellow in the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC). He has an Executive Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management, both from the University of Maryland. Ron resides in Maryland with his wife and two sons, and is active in the Boy Scouts of America as Scoutmaster.