Pelosi Announces Catherine Szpindor as First Woman to Serve as Chief Administrative Officer of the United States House of Representatives

January 1, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi today announced the selection of Catherine Szpindor, the current Chief Information Officer of the House, to serve as Chief Administrative Officer, after the departure of Phil Kiko.  Szpindor will be the first woman to hold this position.

“As Speaker, it is my honor to announce the historic selection of Catherine Szpindor to serve as the next Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives: the first woman to hold this essential position,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “Szpindor brings an outstanding record of success.  Her decade of experience working in the House will serve us well, as she advances the CAO’s mission to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the People’s House.  As a leading expert on innovation and technology, she will be a trusted and effective force as our institution continues to adjust to remote and virtual work during the pandemic and to continue meet the needs of the American people.

“Once again, I want to commend the outgoing CAO Phil Kiko for his extraordinary service to the Congress,” continued Speaker Pelosi.  “He has served both Democratic and Republican Speakers of the House in this capacity and has been a trusted a voice for Members on both sides of the aisle.”

Catherine Szpindor served as the Chief Information Officer for the House of Representatives from December 2015 to December 2020.  Catherine joined the House in 2011 as the Director of Enterprise Applications and then was promoted to Deputy CIO and “Acting CIO” prior to her latest position.  During her time at the House, Catherine directed improvements to technology infrastructure and applications, adoption of Cloud technologies and the implementation of collaboration and conferencing tools in support of remote working during the Covid-19 crisis. Prior to working at the House, Szpindor served as Vice President of IT for Thomas Nelson Community College.  She also worked for many years as Vice President of Information Technology for Nextel, Sprint, and Sprint/Nextel.  Szpindor holds a master’s degree in information systems from Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business and Economics and has a certificate in strategy and innovation from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a certificate in strategic business leadership from Georgetown University.