Invaluable market intelligence – town hall meeting-style – offering the “what, where, when, who and how” to find government contracting opportunities.
Federal Contracts for Newcomers
Procurement officers of select U.S. government agencies – the world’s largest buyers of products and services representing some $500 Billion in expenditure – will share the nuts and bolts to newcomers in federal contracting. Government purchases are varied and include everything – from complex space vehicles to office and janitorial supplies.
Acting Director – OSDBUDepartment of Agriculture (USDA)
Michelle E. Warren
Acting Director – OSDBU
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
In December 2015, Michelle Warren was appointed Deputy Director in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Recently, she’s been serving as Acting Director. It is her responsibility to provide maximum opportunities for small businesses to participate in USDA contracting activities. Michelle hosts and participates in Small Business events all over the country with high level USDA officials.
Educating, and Supporting the Buyer and the Seller is OSDBU’s core value.
Michelle’s philosophy is, “Think about what you want to do, DO IT, then think about what you have done!”
Mrs. Warren is a graduate of Virginia State University located in Petersburg, VA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business and Economics. She currently resides in Manassas, Virginia with her husband, Rodney, their daughter, Jasmine and son Rodney Warren III.
DirectorVirginia PTAP Office
Virginia PTAP Office
Anna Urman is the Director of the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP). PTAP’s mission is to increase contracting activity between small businesses, prime government contractors and the federal and state government agencies by providing training and counseling throughout Virginia. Anna is a leading research analyst specializing in government procurement policy and market analysis. Anna holds a JD from Georgetown Law, and worked on her Masters in Government Contracts and IP Law at George Washington Law School.
Anna lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and daughters, and is active local politics and animal rescue.
Outreach Manager, OSBUGeneral Services Administration (GSA)
Outreach Manager, OSBU
General Services Administration (GSA)
Director, OSDBUU.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education
Mrs. Scott has over 30 years of federal acquisition experience. She has held the positions of Contract Specialist, Contracting Officer, and Group Manager. Mrs. Scott has been the Contracting Officer and lead negotiator for many of the U.S. Department of Education’s major initiatives such as: Race to the Top, No Child Left Behind and several Federal Student Aid (FSA) projects; including FSA’s Modernization Project. She assumed her duties as the Director of Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, in January 2013. Mrs. Scott is responsible for implementing and managing the Department’s small business program, as well as, ensuring that all small businesses have an opportunity to participate in providing goods and services to the U.S. Department of Education.
Mrs. Scott is a member of the United States Senior Executive Service. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing for Albany State University in Albany, GA.
Director - OSDBUU.S. Department of Energy
Charles R. Smith
Director - OSDBU
U.S. Department of Energy
Charles “Charlie” Smith is the Director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), serving as the lead advocate for enhancing the use of small businesses to meet the Agency’s range of missions.
During Charlie’s career in both the public and private sectors, he developed an appreciation for business management and program development. Prior to joining the DOE, Charlie worked 13 years with the investment bank JP Morgan Chase, as well as with smaller companies, developing focused business strategies that helped government entities across the nation successfully achieve their missions. His experience forging successful government relationships with the business community has been one of his many noteworthy career accomplishments.
Charlie, a military veteran, received his commission from the U.S. Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI and served five years on active duty in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard a guided missile destroyer homeported in Norfolk, VA. Amongst Charlie’s many Navy contributions was his recognized leadership of the ship’s anti-submarine warfare division during three overseas deployments.
After Charlie honorably concluded his military career, he moved to New Jersey, to work on a congressional staff and subsequently in various roles in three state government administrations. Over the next fifteen years, Charlie served as a Senior Advisor to the Office of New Jersey Governor, as the Deputy Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, and as a Director in the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Charlie was born in Massachusetts, and then was raised in upstate New York. He is the proud father of a beautiful daughter, and he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Princeton University.
Director - OSDBUU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Jean Lin Pao
Director - OSDBU
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Jean Lin Pao is the Director for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), serving as the principal advocate for utilizing small and disadvantaged businesses in federal contracting to meet HUD’s mission. As a member of the Senior Executive Service in a cabinet-level department, Ms. Pao has over twenty-five years of federal experience in small business advocacy, enterprise human capital management, employee engagement and training, budgeting and acquisitions, information technology planning, administration, business management, strategic planning, program evaluation, and policy development. Previously, she served as the General Deputy Assistant Secretary for HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research and Chief Management Officer/Deputy Assistant Secretary for Business Management and Administration in HUD’s Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer. Ms. Pao holds a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Master of Public Policy from the Harris School, University of Chicago. She is an Excellence in Government Senior Fellow and a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award. She is also a certified executive and leadership coach.
Federal Contracts: Deep Dive for Experienced Contracts
Experienced federal contractors will deep dive into the advanced phase to learn about opportunities in the mentor-protégé program, limitations on subcontracting, category management, and more.
Deputy Director - OSDBUU.S. Department of Homeland Security
E. Darlene Bullock
Deputy Director - OSDBU
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
E. Darlene Bullock began serving as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) in June 2015. Ms. Bullock is also a Senior Procurement Analyst in the OSDBU serving as the Program Manager for several small business programs to include: 8(a), small disadvantaged, and women-owned. She also is a Desk Officer providing technical procurement and small business support to four DHS operational contracting offices.
Ms. Bullock has over 27 years of experience in procurement, federal assistance, and acquisitions management. Before joining the OSDBU in January 2011, Ms. Bullock was a Division Director and Contracting Officer in the DHS, Office of Procurement Operations (OPO). OPO is one of the largest procurement divisions in DHS obligating about $4 - 4.5 Billion a year. Her division was responsible for supporting the Office of the Secretary and other high-visibility offices at DHS Headquarters. Ms. Bullock oversaw and managed the award process of the first DHS-wide Program Management, Administrative, Clerical, and Technical Services (PACTS) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contracts which were set-aside for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs). PACTS had an estimated value at $1.5 Billion. The award of PACTS enabled DHS to meet and exceed the 3% SDVOSB goal for the first time in Fiscal Year 2010.
Ms. Bullock has held leadership positions at several Federal and local agencies including the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters, U.S. Agency for International Development, U. S. Department of Commerce, District of Columbia Government, and the U.S. Army.
Ms. Bullock began her acquisition career with the U.S. Army successfully completing the Department of Defense contract specialist intern program. She is a Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) with the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and maintains her FAC-C Level III Certification in Contracting. She has completed various Federal Executive leadership courses throughout her career. She has an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Business and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and a MBA in International Management from Southeastern University.
Director - OSDBUU.S. Department of Homeland Security
Director - OSDBU
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Kevin Boshears was named Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) in May 2003. He is responsible for the overall implementation of the department’s small business procurement program.
Mr. Boshears was Director of the Treasury Department’s OSDBU since February 1999. He served in the same office as a procurement analyst since June 1995 and was responsible for providing guidance to the small business specialists located in Treasury’s twelve bureaus.
Mr. Boshears brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the procurement field, having served as a contracting officer for the Justice Department prior to his
duties with the Treasury Department. Mr. Boshears is a well known instructor in the federal small business procurement arena. He has conducted numerous training courses, presentations, and briefings on contracting with small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), women-owned small, HUBZone, and service disabled veteran-owned small business concerns.
Mr. Boshears served as the Vice-Chair of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Directors' Interagency Council from FY 2001 through FY 2004. His efforts have been widely recognized with various awards from small business trade associations, other federal agencies, and industry organizations. In 2006, he was presented with the Frances Perkins Vanguard Award for Exemplary Utilization of Women-Owned Small Businesses by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – marking the fourth year that he received this award. In April 2005, he was presented with the Federal Gold Star Award of Excellence by SBA in recognition of the exemplary performance of the Department and its dedicated personnel who carry out the aggressive goals and strategic initiatives that help ensure a role for small business in the federal marketplace.
He holds a BBA degree from the College of William and Mary, and earned his MBA from Liberty University.
Director - OSDBUU.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Director - OSDBU
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Mauricio P. Vera is a career member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). In this role, Mr. Vera leads USAID’s efforts to provide maximum opportunities for small businesses to participate in agency contract awards through outreach, education, and creative procurement initiatives. Under Mr. Vera’s leadership, USAID achieved significant and unprecedented improvements in its small business accomplishments. Specifically, USAID’s grade on the Small Business Administration’s Procurement Scorecard increased from “F’s” to “A’s”, including an “A+” in 2014. In 2016, Mr. Vera received a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, a prestigious career recognition awarded to only five percent of the Federal Government’s Senior Executives for sustained superior accomplishments and inspirational leadership.
From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Vera successfully managed the Small Business Program at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Previously, Mr. Vera established and managed the Smithsonian Institution’s Supplier Diversity Program. Mr. Vera, a native of Chile, earned an MBA from George Mason University and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland.
National Director, Customer Care & Outreach Office of Small Business UtilizationGSA
National Director, Customer Care & Outreach Office of Small Business Utilization
Mr. de’Wayne Carter serves as the National Director with the Office of Customer Care & Outreach Division under GSA’s Office of Small Business Utilization. In this role, Mr. Carter leads a team of Small Business Specialists who advocate for all socioeconomic categories of small businesses, provide training, counseling and subcontracting review to help small businesses navigate through the federal procurement process and to ensure that small businesses are well represented.
Mr. Carter has been with GSA since 1983 and has extensive experience and tacit knowledge in all aspects of managing small business programs. Prior to Mr. Carter assuming his role as National Director, he served as a Supervisory Small Business Technical Advisor (SBTA) providing guidance on the federal government’s current small business policies to GSA’s contracting staff. As an SBTA, Mr. Carter ensured that small businesses were provided with the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in the federal procurement process.
Mr. Carter in a native to the Washington, DC metropolitan area and resides in the Maryland.
Doing Business with Federal Financial Regulatory Agencies: "Who We Are; What We Buy; and How We Buy"
The Office of Minority and Women Inclusion at each of the 8 financial regulatory agencies was established, in part, to promote the inclusion of minority- and women-owned businesses in the agencies’ contracting opportunities. This session shows how to "crack the code" to access over $1 billion in federal contracting opportunities with these agencies.
Chief of Minority and Women Business and Diversity Inclusion Branch – OMWIFederal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Chief of Minority and Women Business and Diversity Inclusion Branch – OMWI
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Victor Christiansen is the Chief of Minority and Women Business and Diversity Inclusion Branch of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Arlington, VA. He is responsible for spearheading FDIC outreach activities and for implementing Section 342 of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
Mr. Christiansen was formerly employed by the United States Department of the Interior in a number of different managerial positions. He worked in the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development where he worked with Native American and Alaskan Native businesses to assist them in developing and improving business opportunities through a nationwide outreach program that provided technical assistance and training.
Previously, Mr. Christiansen worked at the Government Accountability Office (formerly the General Accounting Office) where he was responsible for evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of a variety of Federal Government programs.
Mr. Christiansen has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lincoln University (PA) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Supplier Diversity Program SpecialistBoard of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board System
Supplier Diversity Program Specialist
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board System
Marleitha G. Williams is the supplier diversity program specialist for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. In this capacity, she is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act as it relates to the inclusion of minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises in the Board’s acquisition process.
Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Board in 2011, Ms. Williams worked at Alabama’s largest electric utility corporation, Alabama Power Company, where she provided leadership and strategic direction to corporate business units in delivering results toward defined supplier diversity goals.
Throughout her career in Supplier Diversity and Supplier Relations, she has been affiliated with various organizations that focus on minority and women business development, including the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. She has been recognized in local and national publications such as Women Enterprise USA for her work in Supplier Diversity. Ms. Williams received her bachelor’s degree from Birmingham Southern College.
Business Activities Program AnalystNational Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
Business Activities Program Analyst
National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
Miguel A. Polanco has managed NCUA’s supplier diversity program since August 2011. Previous to his current job, Miguel served his country as a Military Intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. Afterwards, he worked in corporate finance with General Motors in New York and at Citibank Puerto Rico. In 2010, he started working for the Small Business Administration under the 8(a) program, followed by his current work with NCUA. Miguel is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Program Manager – Business Activities OMWIOffice of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Program Manager – Business Activities OMWI
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Madelynn commenced her career with the OCC in 1995 and helped establish the OCC’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) program in 2011. She holds a psychology degree from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Madelynn graduated magna cum laude from Creighton University Law School, Omaha, Nebraska, and is a member of the Missouri Bar Association. After completing her legal studies, she served as a judicial clerk for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (through the Institute for Supply Management) and a Certified Supplier Diversity Professional (through the Alliance of Supplier Diversity Professionals). Madelynn offices in Denver, Colorado, and lives in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Deputy Director – OMWIU.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Deputy Director – OMWI
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
John Moses is Deputy Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Created by the Dodd-Frank Act, OMWI is responsible for all matters relating to diversity in management, employment, and business activities at the SEC. John assists the Director in developing standards to ensure diversity and inclusion within the SEC workforce and senior management, and in assessing the diversity policies and practices of entities regulated by the SEC. His work also includes increasing the participation of minority and women-owned businesses in programs and contracts at the SEC. Prior to joining the SEC, John founded and led a technology-focused company, through which he developed expertise on government procurement from the contractor perspective. Previously, he held leadership roles in the international hospitality sector with experience in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean Region, and Europe. A former Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy, John holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University.
Women-Owned Small Business Program Manager and Industry LiaisonDepartment of Treasury
Melissa "Lisa" Jenkins
Women-Owned Small Business Program Manager and Industry Liaison
Department of Treasury
Melissa "Lisa" Jenkins is a solutions focused professional with over 15 years of extensive hands-on experience in the Federal government directing, developing, coordinating, and managing information and service programs for diverse administrative and program support environments. Ms. Jenkins currently serves as the Women-Owned Small Business Program Manager and Industry Liaison at Treasury. Lisa is a change agent acknowledged for her technical capacity to provide exceptional small business advocacy which enables her to respond to challenges with confidence, determination, and a win/win resolution for the Federal government and small business community. Her outstanding communication and interpersonal skills allow her to effectively establish rapport with Heads of Agencies, Federal, State and Local counterparts and the business community with a proven ability to adjust to changing situations. She provides acquisition training, technical assistance, and small business counseling to both the external business community and internal and external agency officials. Lisa is frequently called upon to serve as a panelist for programs in which she provides guidance to small businesses hoping to expand their government contracting opportunities. As a result, she is a much-sought-after mentor for entrepreneurs hoping to take their businesses to the next level.
In her day-to-day dealings, she is positive, professional, and engaging, helping small business owners achieve the next level in their professional endeavors. She has a stellar reputation among government and the small business community and is a consummate professional who has demonstrated that she truly cares about the success of both.