Adrian Gardner

Chief Information Officer

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Mr. Adrian R. Gardner’s federal career is distinguished by over 20 years of service enabling mission capability and readiness within the scientific and defense-related sectors. A member of the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Gardner currently serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He has oversight responsibilities for all FEMA information systems from governance, planning, budgeting, engineering, development, security, and operations in order to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002, President’s Management Agenda, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Management Directives, and other regulatory requirements in support of FEMA mission and objectives. Other recent IT leadership positions Mr. Gardner held include:

  • Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of the Information Technology and Communications Directorate, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA (February 2010 to September 2013)
  • Chair of POC Working Group for DATA.GOV (May 2010 to present)
  • Co-Chair of the Federal CIO Council – Information Sharing Subcommittee (formerly Data Architecture Subcommittee) (May 2009 to present)
  • Chief Information Officer for the National Weather Service (January 2007 to February 2010)
  • Deputy Associate CIO for IT Reform, Department of Energy (October 2006 to January 2007)
  • Deputy Associate CIO for Cyber Security, Department of Energy (September 2005 to September 2006)
From January 2004 to September 2005, Mr. Gardner led the Department’s Cyber Security Program through a major expansion in size and scope, incorporating many new missions and security initiatives. He was a recipient of the 2005 Federal 100 Award, which honors individuals from government, industry, and academia whose ideas and accomplishments had the greatest impact in shaping the missions, solutions, and results achieved by the government information technology community.

An Air Force veteran, Mr. Gardner was commissioned as a Launch Control Officer in 1986 and served with distinction until he separated in 1989. He was honorably discharged in 1994, and received the Air Force Achievement Medal in 1987.

Mr. Gardner is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Southern California, School of Public Policy and Planning where he holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Hood College and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree, also from Hood College. Mr. Gardner holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science and Ecology from the esteemed Tuskegee Institute. Mr. Gardner serves on the Board of the District of Columbia Urban League and is a volunteer and mentor to several academic and youth programs.