André Mendes is currently the Chief Information Officer for Tarrant County, Texas and was previously the Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2018 to 2023. Previously, he served in multiple leadership roles at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which oversees U.S. international media initiatives such as the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Radio Free Asia. In most recent role as chief information officer/chief technology officer, he was responsible for all IT and infrastructure support services required by the media networks under the BBG’s purview.
During 2015, Mendes served as the agency’s interim CEO and director. Prior to that, Mendes directed the BBG’s Office of Technology, Services and Innovation, tasked with executive-level decision-making concerning the engineering and technical systems needed to communicate globally across a variety of media platforms.
Mendes has also served as senior vice president, strategic planning and global CIO for Special Olympics International, with responsibility for global technology infrastructure and the development of the organization’s 2011-2015 strategic plan. In addition, he has served as chief technology integration officer for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), where he spearheaded the transition from a legacy tape-based environment to a new, file-driven workflow, as well as overseeing IT and broadcast engineering during PBS’s move from analog to digital TV broadcasting.
In August 2022, Mendes began serving as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for Capitol Technology University.