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About Government Matters

Government Matters is a multi-platform news program dedicated to providing non-partisan information and analysis to federal managers, contractors and those supporting the federal marketplace.

Government Matters is focused on exploring the challenges and issues facing federal managers, highlighting success stories within the federal community and providing an outlet for both government and industry to share their outlook with the federal marketplace.

Government Matters’ primary areas of concentration are technology, security, defense, management, industry and workforce.

Our Team

Jerry Foley

Managing Director

As the Managing Director of Government Matters, Jerry oversees the content strategy, revenue operations, organizational design, and product and platform development for the program’s digital, live and broadcast properties.

Jerry previously worked at Sightline Media, serving as the vice president for global sales and strategy for Defense News and C4ISRNet. In this role he managed the expansion of Sightline’s business-to-government product portfolio, digital footprint and revenue streams. Jerry began his time at Sightline Media as a media account executive for the Northeast region.

From 2004 to 2010 Jerry worked at Government Executive as a media sales manager for the west coast region. He also served as the manager of digital media operations and contributed to the launch of during his time in this role.

Originally from the Detroit area, Jerry graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in Government and holds a MS in Business Management, Strategy and Leadership from Michigan State University. Jerry currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two sons. When he’s not in front of his computer you can find him exploring the local craft beer scene or attending a random line-up of music concerts around town.

Mimi Geerges


Mimi has extensive hosting, interviewing and producing experience in broadcast, cable and radio including her own show, “The Mimi Geerges Show,” on PBS affiliated WHUT-TV.  She has also worked with Sirius-XM Radio, C-SPAN and Al Jazeera English. She has interviewed high profile guests such as President Jimmy Carter, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, CIA Director Michael Hayden and many more. Mimi has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and Master’s in Science, Technology and Public Policy from George Washington University.

When not hosting or thinking up ideas for the show, Mimi enjoys cold brew coffee, dark chocolate and spending time with her family. She lives in Fairfax County with her husband, kids and pug mix Freddy.

Beatrix Haddon


Beatrix graduated from James Madison University in 2015 with degrees from the School of Media Arts and Design and the College of Business. She is skilled in video production, photography, web design, graphic design and writing.

Beatrix has experience with digital media content creation at EY, Marriott International and Top Style by Kate Noda hair salon. At JMU, she worked as a photographer for The Breeze newspaper and received the John Woody Scholarship for excellence in media production.

In her free time, Beatrix enjoys cooking, reading nonfiction and spending time with friends and family. She is from the DC area and currently lives in Arlington, VA.

Patti Nuttycombe Cochran

Marketing Consultant

A lifelong Washingtonian, Patti has spent her professional career in media sales and sales management and business development.

Patti’s media sales career has included sales and sales management at DC’s exclusive classical music station (WGMS), CBS News Radio and iHeartRadio (WASH-FM, WBIG-FM, WMZQ-FM, DC101), where she led Millennial Marketing.

At her core, Patti is an energetic and persistent, results-oriented sales and management professional who prefers to convey intangible value through passionate storytelling. Government Matters’ position as the only TV show devoted to the business of government offers her an important and unique story to tell!

When Patti’s not networking or storytelling, she spends her happiest time with her two adult daughters and husband, Tim.

Jason Sickels

Marketing Consultant

Jason has a diverse background and a track record of success in sales. Since 2009 he has been in the Defense sector delivering world-class solutions that help his clients win contracts across the DoD. He has worked with top-tier media properties such as the Army Navy Game, Tiger Woods Golf Tournament, the Carrier Classic and the National Memorial Day Parade.

Most recently Jason was a senior sales consultant with Sightline Media Group (Defense News, C4ISRNET, Military Times and Federal Times) putting together annual integrated plans that included Trade Show, Digital, Print and Thought Leadership for communications and business development executives. Jason has traveled extensively attending technology and defense trade shows and symposiums. He also spends time with advertising agency executives to learn about the latest marketing technology.

Jason graduated from University of Virginia’s Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics with a degree in International Relations. He is passionate about nonprofits and sits on several boards volunteering with Luke’s Wings and the Green Lizard Foundation. When not working Jason lives in Herndon, Virginia with his dog Daisy and can be seen on the W&OD Trail, Skyline Drive or Loudoun County riding his road bike.

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