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Northern Virginia's Top Tech Advocate Celebrates 10 years

Kim Hart

Bobbie Kilberg has been an influential fixture in the Northern Virginia technology world for the past decade. She makes it her business to know what local firms are up to and works to find ways to attract the workers and resources they need to thrive. She's outspoken on policy issues that affect technology companies, at both the state and federal level. And she's constantly strategizing about how to put the local tech community on the map.

Last night, she celebrated her 10th anniversary as president and chief executive of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, which has 1,100 member companies, making it the largest tech council in the country.

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Her background, however, is in politics rather than technology. Kilberg was a staff assistant in Richard Nixon's White House, and then served as associate counsel to President Gerald Ford. She later directed a project that studied the use of technology in political campaigns for the Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies.

She was also deputy assistant to George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1992, and then directed the President's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, where she managed policy relations with local and state officials.

That experience has served her well. She has regular conversations with Virginia officials about various issues, from telecommuting to broadband policies, that matter to NVTC's members. Just yesterday, Virginia Democratic Congressional candidate Gerry Connolly and Republican candidate Keith Fimian spoke to the organization's board of directors. And, from what I hear, Kilberg and other board members didn't spare them with softball questions.

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Kilberg usually knows about everything happening in the Northern Virginia business community. Last night, though, she was clueless that 90 of her business associates, staff and family members were throwing her a surprise soiree at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner. Attendees were well-known figures in Northern Virginia, including Gary Shapiro of the Consumer Electronics Association, Dendy Young of McLean Capital (formerly CEO of GTSI), Donna Morea of CGI and Sudhakar Shenoy of IMC.

In the first photo, Kilberg is pictured with John Lee and her husband Bill Kilberg. In the second, she's pictured with, from left, John Lee, Kathy Clark, Dan Bannister, Donna Morea and Christine Kallivokas. (Photos by David Kidd)

By Kim Hart  |  October 2, 2008; 1:37 PM ET  | Category:  Kim Hart
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