Lisa Ziehmann is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Finance at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where she is responsible for senior executive oversight for the agency’s financial operations and reporting, policy development, financial audit, and internal controls. Ms. Ziehmann has over 29 years of experience in Federal government financial management, budget, and enterprise-wide business systems development. Most recently, she was the Director for Financial Policy and Operations at the General Services Administration (GSA) in Washington, D.C. Before joining GSA, Ms. Ziehmann served as the Deputy Budget Director for NASA in Washington, DC. She oversaw budget formulation, justification, and execution functions for the agency’s diverse budget portfolio.
Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., Ms. Ziehmann held a variety of positions at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. As the Deputy CFO for Financial Management, she managed financial operations, audit, and financial analysis and reporting. As the NASA Langley Chief Accountant, she provided advice, leadership, and policy direction in various financial accounting, audit, accountability, reporting, and financial systems matters. Ms. Ziehmann also served as NASA Langley’s Chief Financial Strategist, providing strategic advice, leadership, policy direction and expertise on complex Agency and Center financial plans, operations, processes and practices.
Ms. Ziehmann began her federal government career in 1986 as a cooperative education student at NASA Langley. After graduating from Christopher Newport College with a degree in Accounting, she started as an entry-level Accountant in financial management, working in a variety of functional areas. Ms. Ziehmann’s first supervisory position began in 1995 as a Branch Head in the Financial Management Office.
Ms. Ziehmann has also been active in leading, developing and implementing enterprise-wide financial systems. She led NASA’s travel management system implementation efforts, and led NASA Langley’s process team for the Core Financial (SAP) implementation. Both of these projects replaced a multitude of decentralized/non-standardized travel and financial systems into a single, standardized system. Her other notable achievements include leading cross-organizational change management initiatives such as financial shared services consolidation, and serving a 6-month detail to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a budget examiner in the Science and Space Branch.
In her spare time, Ms. Ziehmann enjoys watching the Washington Nationals, exercising, cooking/baking, and gardening. She lives in Oxon Hill, MD with her husband, and has a son who attends James Madison University.