Moderator: Nicole Blake Johnson

Moderator: Nicole Blake Johnson

Managing Editor
GovLoop

Nicole Blake Johnson is the Managing Editor at GovLoop, the knowledge network for government. In her role, she writes and leads the development of in-depth reports and online news articles for the government community, particularly in the technology space. She also writes a bi-weekly series on GovLoop.com called “The Intersection,” which focuses on stories at the intersection of people and technology. When she isn’t writing, Nicole enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her 1-year-old Devin and husband, Troy.

Nicole has covered all aspects of the government IT community for the past seven years. Prior to working at GovLoop, she covered government IT issues at FedTech and StateTech magazines, Federal Times, and C4ISR & Networks.

Master of Ceremonies: Ira Hobbs

Master of Ceremonies: Ira Hobbs

Principal
Hobbs and Hobbs, LLC

Ira L. Hobbs is the principal officer of Hobbs & Hobbs, LLC, an information management consulting practice that focuses on the Federal market. He performs a wide range of tasks associated with the growth and development of small companies from a management and leadership perspective.

Before his current work, Mr. Hobbs served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury from Deputy Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During his federal tenure, Mr. Hobbs served as co-chair of the Federal CIO Council’s Workforce Committee whose goal was to improve the recruitment, retention, and skills of the Federal IT workforce.

Panel Moderator: Chris Dorobek

Panel Moderator: Chris Dorobek

Executive Editor
GovLoop


Christopher J. Dorobek is the voice behind GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER, a blog and audio program that focuses on six words: Helping government do its job better. 

He is an award winning journalist and thought leader. In 2008, his editorials in Federal Computer Week were recognized with the ASBPE national editorial award, and in 2010, he was awarded Federal Computer Week’s prestigious Federal 100 Award — the only working journalist to win that award in its more than 20 year history. In 2014, he was recognized with the Association of Federal Information Resource Managers President’s Award for Media.

Moderator: Jason Miller

Moderator: Jason Miller

Executive Editor and Reporter
Federal News Radio


Jason Miller is an executive editor and reporter with FederalNewsRadio 1500 AM and FederalNewsRadio.com—an all-news multi-media organization focused specifically on covering the federal government and its contractors.

As executive editor, Jason directs the news coverage of the station and works with reporters to ensure a broad range of coverage of technology, procurement, finance and human resources.

Moderator: Adrian R. Gardner

Moderator: Adrian R. Gardner

Chief Information Officer
Federal Emergency Management Administration

Adrian R. Gardner serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the agency's headquarters in Washington, DC. In this position, Mr. Gardner is responsible for the governance and operations of the agency's information systems, ensuring the system complies with regulatory requirements in support of FEMA's mission and objectives.

Moderator: Meredith Somers

Moderator: Meredith Somers

Reporter, Federal News Radio

Meredith Somers joined Federal News Radio in 2015 as a digital news writer and editor. She covered the city council and board of education beat in Columbus, Ohio before moving to the Washington, D.C. area in 2008 where she worked as a county government reporter for the Maryland Independent. In 2011, Meredith joined The Washington Times as a general assignment reporter on the Metro desk. Most recently she worked for the Associated Press as a state government reporter covering the General Assembly of Maryland.