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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

Mimi Geerges

Host

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.

Allan Holmes

Managing Director

Allan Holmes oversees all facets of Government Matters’ Federal Market platforms. He is an award-winning journalist who has covered business and government his entire career. He headed coverage of government and technology at Bloomberg Government, CIO Magazine and FCW. He oversaw the launch of Nextgov, the government technology website for Government Executive Media Group.

Before joining Government Matters, Allan was an editor and senior reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, covering technology and heading a team investigating inequality. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, NBC News, Slate, Reveal Radio, Time, USA Today, and other national publications.

Allan graduated with a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and later earned a Master of Public Policy at Duke University. He is an avid fan of college hoops, especially his beloved Tar Heels, and enjoys southern cooking and hiking. Allan and his wife, Kris, live in Arlington, Virginia, and have four sons and two dogs.

Katherine Rohloff

Producer

Katherine graduated from Trinity College in 2019 with a double major in English and Political Science. While in college, Katherine interned at Northern Virginia Magazine, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Daily Signal and NBC Connecticut. Her articles have appeared in The Associated Press, The Washington Times and U.S. News and World Report.

After graduating from Trinity, Katherine was the booking production assistant at MSNBC where she booked guests and brought all 30 Rock guests up to set for the dayside shows, prime time shows and Morning Joe. Following her time at MSNBC, she worked at the Partnership for Public Service in DC as the press associate. As producer of Government Matters, Katherine is responsible for booking guests and managing the show’s editorial content.

In her free time, Katherine enjoys going on hikes, taking pictures and writing her next short story. Katherine is from Northern Virginia and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Drew Friedman

Associate Producer

Drew graduated from the University of Virginia in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and a minor in Studio Art. Before joining Government Matters as the Associate Producer, she worked as a Production Assistant in WJLA’s newsroom. She has additional experience in B2B communications and arts marketing.

While attending college, Drew achieved Highest Distinction on her diploma with her senior thesis about contemporary news media. She also wrote for U.Va.’s student newspaper The Cavalier Daily. During her third year, she completed an exchange program in Brisbane, Australia, taking courses in television and journalism.

In her free time, Drew enjoys long-distance running, hiking in Shenandoah National Park and solving crossword puzzles. She grew up in the D.C. area and now lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Beatrix Haddon

Web Editor

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 D.C. 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.

Marjorie Censer

Fill-in Host

Marjorie Censer is fill-in host of Government Matters and editor of Defense News.

Marjorie previously worked at Inside Defense, where she covered defense contractors, acquisitions and change strategies. She also worked at The Washington Post and its local business publication Capital Business, covering defense industry reshaping, the increased scrutiny of contractors following the Edward Snowden case and the challenges of canceling military programs. From 2007 to 2010, she was managing editor of Inside the Army. She also previously worked as defense editor at POLITICO and as a staff writer at the Carroll County Times and the Princeton Packet.

A Fairfax, Virginia native, Marjorie graduated from Princeton University. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, daughter and cat.

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