About ADC


Association of Defense Communities
2020 K St, NW
Suite 650
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 822-5256
Fax: (202) 289-7499
General Information – info@defensecommunities.org


Tim Ford
Chief Executive Officer
Email: tford@defensecommunities.org

In 2010, Tim Ford was appointed as the new CEO of the Association of Defense Communities (ADC).  A familiar face to ADC, Tim served as the organization’s Executive Director from 2004-2007 and Deputy Director from 1999-2003.  Credited with guiding ADC’s hundreds of member communities and related organizations through BRAC 2005, Tim also nearly tripled the size of the organization during his seven years leading the association.  A nationally recognized expert on the impacts of base closure, base redevelopment, and community-military partnerships, Tim has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, CNN,  MSNBC, NPR, USA Today, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.

Tim also serves as the President/CEO of the LRG Public Affairs.  Founded in 1996, LRG is an award-winning public affairs company which provides government, commercial firms, and non-profit/educational organizations with training, technical assistance, strategic communications, and organizational development.  LRG is a private company with a public service mission — advancing organizations and issues that help individuals and strengthen communities. LRG was selected to be the association management firm for the Association of Defense Communities in 2010.  LRG relocated is headquarters from Virginia to Washington, D.C. in October 2010.

Prior to returning to Washington, D.C. in 2009 to join LRG, Tim was the Executive Director of the New York City Employment & Training Coalition, the city’s leading workforce development association.  A Pennsylvania native, Tim has a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Matt Borron
Chief Operating Officer
Email: mborron@defensecommunities.org

Matt Borron oversees ADC’s day-to-day operations, including managing the development of the association’s events and federal outreach. He serves as the primary point of contact for ADC members and stakeholders.

Matt Borron has over ten years of professional experience managing complex military, employment, education and public affairs programs. He currently holds the position of Director of Federal Outreach and Special Initiatives for the Leonard Resource Group, an award-winning public affairs company in Washington, DC. He plays a lead role in the company’s association management, federal program management contracts and government affairs portfolios, serving as the Chief Operating Officer for the Association of Defense Communities, Project Manager for the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Employment Initiative contract, and is the chief liaison between the National Job Corps Association and the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps.

Prior to joining ADC, Matt served as Program Manager for Montana State University Veterans Upward Bound and also taught post-reconstruction American history.

Matt also serves in the U.S. Army Reserve at the Senior Ordnance Inspector for the 351st Ordnance Company.

Matt holds Bachelor of Arts in World History and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Montana.


Kateri Clifton
Director of Finance

A native of Washington, D.C., Kateri Clifton is an integral part of the ADC team. Kateri manages billing, invoicing and payroll, while ensuring the accuracy of the accounting system. In addition to these responsibilities, she reviews employee expense reports to ensure compliance with regulatory agencies.

Kateri received her training from the Sacramento Computer Learning Center, the Washington Urban League and the American Institute of Banking. Since then, she has worked for U.S. Capitol Associates as an Accounts Receivable Supervisor, and for Culi-Services, Inc. as a Bookkeeper/Corporate Administrator and Operations Manager/Payroll Administrator. She is well-versed in financial software and computer coordination in a variety of capacities.

In her free time, Kateri enjoys giving back to the community, including tutoring children from her neighborhood.


Dan Cohen
Managing Editor
Email: dcohen@defensecommunities.org

Dan Cohen is the managing editor of the Association of Defense Communities newsletter, Defense Communities 360, a daily web-based publication focusing on policy changes in Washington, emerging industry trends and news about base redevelopment, community-military partnering and military real estate projects. He has over 16 years of experience reporting, writing and editing newsletters for multiple associations and publishers.

Previously, Dan was a contributing editor for Economic Development Now, the bimonthly newsletter of the International Economic Development Council. Prior to that, he had been editor of The Corps Report, which covered the civil works program and contracting opportunities with the Army Corps of Engineers. He also covered environmental cleanup projects for Defense Cleanup. He was the editor for Air Safety Week, and contributed to Airline Financial News and World Airline News. Dan has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics (with a concentration in decision sciences) from The Wharton School.


Randy Ford
Senior Policy Advisor
Email: rford@defensecommunities.org

Randy Ford recently joined the ADC team with 15 years of experience, including positions on Capitol Hill and in strategic communications, journalism, public policy and team management. Randy manages ADC’s legislative affairs, overseeing the creation of all of ADC’s legislative positions, communications with Capitol Hill and relationship with the Defense Communities Caucus. A Tennessee native, Randy moved to Washington in 2001 to serve as Press Secretary for then- U.S. Rep. John Tanner, a founder of the Blue Dog Coalition of moderate House Democrats and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Randy then served as Communications Manager at the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States before returning to Congressman Tanner’s office as Communications Director and eventually becoming Chief of Staff until Congressman Tanner’s retirement at the end of 2010.

Before moving to Washington, Randy was State Capitol Correspondent for the Tennessee Radio Network, helping lead award-winning team coverage on the impact of the state’s tax policy. While earning his Bachelor’s degree from the Middle Tennessee State University College of Mass Communication in 2000, Randy worked as a print and broadcast journalist, including at Murfreesboro public radio station WMOT-FM and Nashville’s WSM-AM, home of The Grand Ole Opry. Randy has delivered guest lectures on public affairs practices and has advised multiple organizations and businesses on successful media and government outreach strategies.


Susie Gingrich
Director of Membership
Email: sgingrich@defensecommunities.org

Susie initially joined ADC in 2012 as an intern when she moved to Northern Virginia from Pennsylvania. Her responsibilities include managing the database for conference and event registration; managing pre-function, onsite and after-action needs for up to 50 small-group meetings each year, taking responsibility for such tasks as food and beverage, space set-up, document production, last-minute participant needs and note-taking; managing client social media campaigns to support targeted education, outreach and policy advocacy goals; and assisting in preparation, proofreading, production and distribution of materials –programs, promotional items, handouts, name badges, bags, signs – for more than 25 events per year for ADC clients.

Before her time at ADC, Susie worked as a Problem Solver for Amazon.com, placing and resolving customer/vendor tickets, coordinating internal and external correspondence, website troubleshooting and follow-up to ensure full resolution.

Susie is originally from the city of Norwich, England, and received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of East Anglia.


Paul Kalomiris
Senior Policy Advisor
Email: pkalomiris@defensecommunities.org

Paul Kalomiris, Senior Policy Advisor at ADC, has extensive experience in association management, legislative affairs and communications. Paul provides policy analysis for the Association of Defense Communities (ADC). Before joining ADC, he worked for nearly 11 years for Kutak Rock LLP in the roles of Program Manager for the Federal Practice & National Security Law Group (providing staff support throughout the 2005 BRAC round) and Legal Assistant for the Public Finance Group (supporting the group on more than $8 billion of municipal bond issuances). Paul previously served in various capacities for ADC, the International Economic Development Council, the National Governors Association and CD Publications. As a daily reporter for The Post-Journal newspaper in Jamestown, N.Y, Paul’s work was honored by the New York State Associated Press Association. A New York native, Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 1993.


Jared Kobilinsky
Director of Creative Services
Email: jkobilinsky@defensecommunities.org

Jared joined ADC in 2013 as a creative specialist with responsibilities that include designing and developing a wide array of creative materials. His work includes website design, logos, event materials, publications, marketing materials, social media materials and others. Jared is also webmaster for ADC. Prior to joining ADC, Jared worked as a freelance graphic artist and web designer for clients across the United States.

Jared is a native of the Washington, D.C., area. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design from Salisbury University in Maryland.


Morgan Pinckney
Director of Outreach and Conferences
Email: mpinckney@defensecommunities.org

Morgan joined ADC in January of 2014 and as Director of Outreach and Conferences plays a key role in supporting ADC’s dozens of events each year and providing excellent customer service. Her responsibilities include conference and event logistics, sponsorship and membership management, programming support, and assistance in preparation, production and distribution of event materials, including programs, name badges and signs.

Before her time at ADC, Morgan worked as an Administrative Assistant for First Home Mortgage Corporation, providing administrative services, managing correspondence, facilitating the processing of files and engaging with vendors to ensure timely delivery of services.

Morgan is originally from Seattle, Washington. She received her B.A. in Communication from the George Washington University, and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Global Communication, also at GWU.

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