Adrian Gardner is Goddard Space Flight Center's new Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of the Information Technology and Communications Directorate. Gardner came on-board at Goddard in early February from the National Weather Service where he had served as CIO since January 2007. Prior to his time at the Weather Service, Gardner was with the Department of Energy as the Deputy CIO for Cyber Security from September 2005 to September 2006 and the Deputy CIO for IT Reform from October 2006 to January 2007. He is currently the Chair of the POC Working Group for Data.gov.
Gardner is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California, School of Public Policy and Planning where he holds a Masters degree in Public Administration. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Hood College and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science and Ecology from the esteemed Tuskegee Institute. An Air Force veteran, Gardner received the Air Force Achievement Medal in 1987.
Gardner serves on the Board of the District of Columbia Urban League and is a volunteer and mentor to several academic and youth programs.