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  • National Press Club (map)
  • 529 14th Street Northwest
  • Washington, DC, 20045
  • United States

12th Annual AFFIRM Member and Sustaining Partner Appreciation Event

As a means to express our thanks to our government and industry members, past speakers, past Presidents, and government executives who help our organization achieve its goals of information technology education, we are inviting you to join AFFIRM at our 12th annual member and sustaining partner appreciation event.

The evening program is high on networking, and we are setting up high-top tables with executives from government to permit AFFIRM sustaining partner companies and members to build rapport with government leaders in a convivial setting.

These tableside chats will take place in an open and relaxing setting where members will move freely from table to table and interact with government executives while renewing friendships with colleagues and peers.

Attendance is limited to AFFIRM Sustaining Partners, AFFIRM Government Members, Government Executives, Media and AFFIRM partner organizations.

Light appetizers will be served; cash bar.

Parking: http://www.press.org/about/visit-us


There is no charge for this event. It is open to Government Executives, Government Members, and Sustaining Partners only:

  • Large Business Sustaining Partners – 3 attendees
  • Medium Business Sustaining Partners – 2 attendees
  • Small Business Sustaining Partners – 1 attendees
  • Specialty Small Business Sustaining Partners - 1 attendee



Jonathan Benett

Chief Enterprise Architect; USDA

Mr. Benett is a business and information technology (IT) leader with nearly 20 years of experience in IT Program and Project Management, Strategic Planning, Operations, and Corporate Business Development. He is currently the Chief Enterprise Architect for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). Prior to OCIO he served at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Office of the Administrator as the Director of Strategic Initiatives, as an IT Program Manager for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as the Acting CTO, and Acting Deputy Regional Administrator for FNS' Northeast Regional Office. Prior to serving at the USDA, Jonathan led the Project Management Office for the United States Patent and Trademark Office after nearly ten years of successful experience in private industry.

Adrian Gardner


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.

Carlene Ileto

Executive Director; Enterprise Business Management Office; Office of the CIO, Department of Homeland Security

Carlene C. Ileto was named Executive Director of the Enterprise Business Management Office (EBMO), responsible for the governance, segment and data management architectures of the Department of Homeland Security’s $6 Billion IT Portfolio. Prior to assuming this role, she was the Executive Director of the Transformation and Systems Consolidation (TASC) Program where she joined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in June 2010.

Rob Palmer

Acting Deputy Director, Enterprise System Development Office; DHS

Rob Palmer is the Acting Deputy Executive Director of the Enterprise Systems Development Office (ESDO) within the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Department of Homeland Security. OCIO’s Enterprise System Development Office provides the planning and delivery of secure, high-quality enterprise application services for DHS customers implementing a customer-centric business model for the efficient delivery of enterprise IT services.

Richard Young



Richard V. Young is the Chief Information Officer for the United States Department of Agriculture/Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). FAS links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security. In addition to its Washington, D.C. staff, the Office of the Chief Information Officer supports a global network of 96 offices covering 167 countries. Prior to USDA, Mr. Young served as the Director of Information Technology Policy & Compliance within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In that capacity, he was responsible for IT policy development and oversight of the Departments $5.6 billion investment in Information Technology.