Speakers

Mark Amtower
Amtower and Company
Founder/Partner
A consultant, speaker, industry spokesperson, author, and radio host, Mark Amtower is among the most recognized professionals in the government market. He is the founding partner of the government contact advisory firm Amtower & Company, of Highland, Md., and the co-founder and co-director of the Government Market Master continuing professional education program at Capitol College in Laurel, Md. He advises small, medium, and large companies on all facets of marketing to the government. He specializes in helping companies develop thought leadership positions in a defined niche and leveraging social media to get on and stay on the radar of the market.

Brandi Barnes
U.S. General Services Administration Federal Acquisition Service
Customer Service Director, Office of Customer Accounts & Research
Brandi Barnes serves as the Customer Service Director within the General Services Administration Federal Acquisition Service, Customer Accounts and Research Division. Brandi has excess of fifteen (15) years of federal experience including the full range of acquisitions and procurements having served as a Senior Contracting Officer. Brandi is the Lead Contract and Acquisitions Consultant for the NCR CAR Division and the Program Manager for the National Information Technology Commodity Program (NITCP) Reverse Auction Strategic Partnership.

She is responsible for promoting all services and supplies offered by FAS nationwide to assigned military, civilian, and state and local government customer accounts, for the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD), Department of State (DOS), Department of Transportation (DOT), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with a combined portfolio of over $600M. Brandi is the GSA representative for the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Strategic Acquisition Council where she provides Contracts and Acquisitions knowledge and expertise to Senior Procurement Executives for DOT.

Brandi has served in numerous positions within GSA from Region 5 in Dayton, OH, to Region 4 in Atlanta, GA, to Region 11 in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Brandi served as the GSA Liaison Officer (LNO) deployed in Afghanistan from June 2014 to January 2015 to support DOD's Resolute Support Mission (RSM). Brandi was the sole GSA point of contact in theatre serving under four - star General Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and his successor four - star General John F. Campbell commander of the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan (ISAF-USFOR-A). During her deployment, Brandi served on the Joint Acquisition Review Board (JARB) providing expert GSA contracting knowledge in assisting DOD with their procurement needs. She successfully developed and implemented partnership agreements with the Source of Supply Activities (SSA) throughout Afghanistan and the Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan (CSTC-A) which primary role is the training and development of Afghan Security Forces like the Afghan National Army (ANA). Brandi was also instrumental in the successful processing and delivery of over 900 requisitions valued at over $5 million dollars.

Diane Dempsey
BAE Systems
Director, Socio-Economic Business Programs
Ms Dempsey is a frequent speaker at small business conferences across the United States. She has been recognized for her advocacy, receiving several awards:

• Directors Award - OSDBU - Environmental Protection Agency - November 2004
• VA Minority Supplier Development Council - Advocate of the Year - December 2004
• VA Minority Supplier Development Council - Advocate of the Year - December 2006
• Community Business Partnership- Excellence Award - 2008
• Parren Mitchell Founder's Award - 2008
• Powerful Minority Woman in Business Award - MEA Magazine - 2010
• 2010 SBA Metropolitan District, Veteran Advocate.
• 2011 Chairman's Challenge Award, VA Minority Supplier Development Council.
• 2012 DiversityBusiness.com Top Champions Award
• 2013 Presidents Award - MD/DC Minority Supplier Development Council
• 2013 Outstanding Leadership Award - VA Minority Supplier Development Council
• 2014 Distinguished Supplier Diversity Award Minority Business Development Agency
• 2015 Murray Schooner Life Time Achievement Award, Alliance of Supplier Diversity Professionals
• 2015 MEA Magazine - Supplier Diversity Executive of the Year Award

Ms Dempsey's career spans over 25 years in the field of procurement, subcontracts and supplier diversity. Currently the Director, Socio Economic Business Programs at BAE Systems Intelligence & Security, Ms Dempsey has also been a small business advocate for the Hughes Corporation, Northrop Grumman, DynCorp, and CSC. She is active in the small business community, serving as the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, Second Vice Chair, former Chair, VA Minority Supplier Development Council and current Chair, Community Business Partnership, Board of Directors. She has co-chaired the Veterans in Business Conference for nine consecutive years. She is Co-Chair for the TRIAD Organization and active in both AFCEA and NDIA Small Business Committees.

Ms Dempsey is a former adjunct professor teaching a variety of business and acquisition classes at Northern VA Community College and Stratford University for five years. She was named 2005 Instructor of the Year, Stratford University. She is also an instructor for the Alliance of Supplier Diversity Professionals Certification Program. She received her B.S. from Mary Washington College, Certificate in Contracts & Procurements, University of Virginia, and Masters Certificate in Procurement & Supply Chain Management, MS and MBA from the University of Maryland. She is also a certified supplier diversity professional (CSDP).

Nancy Goode
GSA Federal Acquisition Service
Director of Business Operations for the Integrated Award Environment
Nancy Goode is the Director of Business Operations for the Integrated Award Environment. She oversees the definition and implementation of user needs for the IAE systems and the day-to-day business operations. She has worked in contracting, acquisition operations and acquisition systems during her 20 years at the General Services Administration. Her team of product owners are responsible for building the modernized Integrated Award Environment using Agile techniques and practices. Nancy is a Certified Scrum Product Owner and SAFe Agilist.

John Shoraka
U.S. Small Business Administration
Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting and Business Development

Daniel F. Sturdivant II
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Senior Small Business Advisor, to the Director & SDVOSB Coordinator
Dan Sturdivant, before coming to the Department of Homeland Security, most recently served as the Deputy Director, in Treasury's Office of Small Business Development, and was responsible for policy, strategic planning, outreach and the development and oversight of Treasury's small business programs, (including minority, women, veteran-owned, & HUB Zoned firms). As such, Dan was responsible for activities and program implementation, Treasury-wide, that would increase opportunities for the small business community nation-wide.

At Homeland Security, Dan is also responsible for the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Set-aside Program, as well as being the DHS, OSDBU Liaison to the Congressional Caucus; keeping them apprised of the DHS small business programs, goals & achievements, new initiatives and continuous outreach efforts and activities. Before coming to the Department of Treasury or the Department of Homeland Security, Dan was the Small Business Program Manager at the Coast Guard Headquarters; which is now a key component within the Department of Homeland Security.

As a National Speaker, he is asked to speak across the country on "Doing Business with the Federal Government for Newcomers" and the "Role & Responsibilities" of his office; the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, at the Department of Homeland Security. He is extremely effective in helping companies understand the "process" and "structure" of the Department, as well as key marketing strategies needed to win contracts within DHS.
As a Retired Military Serviceman (Marines), Dan was wounded while serving his second of two combat tours of duty in Viet Nam. He was highly decorated for his numerous combat achievements.

Dr. Sheila Brooks
SRB Communications LLC
Founder, President
SHEILA BROOKS is an Emmy-award winning journalist, entrepreneur, and dedicated advocate for minority and women's issues and small businesses. Brooks is founder, president and CEO of
SRB Communications, a Washington, DC-based strategic communications agency that specializes in multicultural advertising, public relations, media relations and broadcast production.

Prior to starting her company in 1990, Ms. Brooks built a distinguished television career as a news director, reporter, anchor, and documentary producer at CBS, NBC, PBS and Fox owned-and operated and affiliate TV stations across the country. Her more than 35 years in the television and communications industry has garnered more than 100 awards including 47 national Telly awards, the Sheila Brooks Entrepreneurial Trailblazer award given to a communications student each year at Howard University and induction in the Silver Circle, a Hall of Fame honor for more than 25 years of excellence in journalism from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Brooks has served on numerous nonprofit and paid boards throughout her career. Currently, she is President of The Presidents' RoundTable (PRT), an exclusive CEO membership organization dedicated to "Accelerating Business Growth" that provides C-suite access to contracts for all minority businesses. She also serves on the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC), a regional organization of more than 500 businesses, nonprofit organizations, and educational and civic organizations whose mission is to improve the region's business climate and develop solutions to problems that affect the region's competitiveness. She is a sought-after speaker, and has testified before the United States Congress on minority and women's business issues.

Brooks has taught journalism and entrepreneurial college courses at universities and colleges, and was Entrepreneur in Residence in the School of Communications at Howard University where she provided consulting services in strategy, branding and media outreach for an entrepreneurial incubator.

Currently she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Studies at Howard University. She has a Master of Arts degree in political science from Howard and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Darlene Coen
NASA
Deputy Program Manager for the NASA SEWP Program
Mrs. Darlene Coen currently serves as the Deputy Program Manager for the NASA SEWP Program, which is a premier Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) providing access to the latest in Information Technology products to the entire Federal Government. Mrs. Coen, with more than 25 years of federal government experience, manages procurement oversight, financial policy and SEWP's overall business administration. Prior to leading this effort, Mrs. Coen served as a NASA Contracting Officer where she provided a full range of procurement support for the most complex acquisitions in access of $250 billion. Prior to NASA, Mrs. Coen worked for various agencies within the Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation, as well as several private industry firms. She is an active participant in The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and has received several federal awards including The Acquisition Improvement Award. Raised in Maryland, Mrs. Coen earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Management Studies from the University of Maryland University College and received her Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certification from the Defense Acquisition University in 2005.

Art Collins
U.S. Small Business Adminstration
Deputy Director, HUBZone Program

Gwen Johnson
Parsons Corporation
Director, Small Business Programs
Gwen Johnson is the Manager of Socioeconomic Business Programs and Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO) for Parsons Corporation. As the SBLO, Ms. Johnson is responsible for promoting Parsons' commitment to maximize opportunities for small businesses supporting business development initiatives and existing client engagements.

Ms. Johnson has considerable knowledge of small business policy and concerns. Her experience as a SBLO includes development and management of several Small Business Programs. She has supported sales, strategic planning, and account implementation while also serving as a liaison with government and industry representatives on small business issues.

Work Experience

HP Enterprise Services (formerly EDS) 1998-2011
Small Business Program Manager (SBLO) and Small Business
Advocate for the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) program.

BDM International, Inc. 1994-1998
Served as the corporation's small business liaison officer and provided guidance and direct support on contract operations issues, including the management of corporate business policies.

National Security Archive 1992
Following graduate school, served as a research assistant documenting key decisions and developments in U.S. strategic nuclear arms control policy during the 1960s.

GTE Government Systems 1983-1990
Contract and Senior Contract Administrator for government and commercial contracts, later became a key member for a $4 billion tactical communications program.

Vicky Niblett
GSA Federal Acquisition Service
Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Office of the Integrated Award Environment (IAE)
Vicky Niblett is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Office of the Integrated Award Environment (IAE) in GSA's Federal Acquisition Service, where she provides management and oversight of the IAE Program.

Before joining GSA, Mrs. Niblett served as the Deputy Product Director, Wideband Control, in the Army's Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). In this role, she successfully developed, deployed, and managed highly complex, mission critical satellite control systems. In addition, she was the liaison to the Australian Government's Department of Defense, representing the US Army PEO EIS interests in the USA-AUS Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) partnership.

Prior to becoming a Federal Civil Servant, Vicky was a Federal Government contractor supporting the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) Headquarters as a Mission Directorate Project Manager and Application Development Branch Manager for over 8 years.

Vicky is also the co-founder of a successful Non-Profit Organization that specializes in providing bereavement support services, established in 2008.

Mrs. Niblett has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, a Master of Science Degree in Management Information Systems, and Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce System Engineering (Level III) and Program Management (Level II) Certifications.

Desmond A. Brown
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Director, Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
Desmond A. Brown is the Director of the Office of Small & Disadvantage Business Utilization (OSDBU) for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Mr. Brown has extensive experience in management, particularly in procurement and small and minority business programs. Previous positions held include: Sr. Contracting Officer for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington, DC; Chief of Procurement (Acting) for the U.S. Small Business Administration Headquarters in Washington, DC; Contracting Officer/Negotiator for the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, DC, and Contracts Manager for Lockheed Martin Information Technology (LMIT) where he managed and administered $900M worth of federal government contracts simultaneously via Social Security Administration, Center for Medicaid & Medicare and Health & Human Services' Federal Parent Locator Service. And has been an entrepreneur himself; being the CEO of The Soul Corporation a boutique marketing and promotions agency in Baltimore, MD.

Mr. Brown is an expert on minority business strategic positioning, marketing, business administration and management. He has particular strengths in business development, procurement development & management. He has a solid background in coaching and mentoring small business owners interested in conducting business with the federal government, and reviewing and analyzing business and marketing plans.

Mr. Brown has served as a subject matter expert to numerous national small business conferences, expos and committees. With his "tough love" approach, Mr. Brown has motivated and coached small business owners on how to network to expand opportunities and the power of small business strategic positioning.

Mr. Brown is a Senior Executive Fellows Program Graduate from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a minor in Marketing from University of Phoenix; Bachelor of Arts (BA), in Communications from University of Maryland Baltimore County; and is a FAC-C Level III Certified Contracting Officer coupled with an Unlimited Contracting Officer's Warrant.

Dean Cole
GSA
Business Management Specialist
Dean, a Business Management Specialist with the Small Business GWAC Center, has been with GSA for 24 years. Prior to his current position, he was a Project Manager and Program Manager with GSA's Assisted Acquisition Service, and an Area Telecommunications Manager with Network Services. Over his years with GSA, Dean has participated on over a dozen process improvement teams and served as Team Lead on many. He has a Master's Certificate in Project Management and is a certified COR/COTR. Dean has a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications Management and an Associate's in Electronics, both from DeVry University. Prior to GSA, Dean worked for AT&T.

Sean Crean
U.S. Small Business Administration
Director, Government Contracting

Ludmilla Parnell
General Dynamics Information Technology
Director, Business Development, Small Business Partnerships
Since 1997, Ms. Parnell has led the development of long-term relationships between small businesses and General Dynamics and the management of their Mentor-Protégé programs. Ms. Parnell's role provides for development of teaming relationships with small businesses in a variety of technical and customer-focused areas that support business development initiatives at General Dynamics Information Technology (IT). She implemented a business development approach to working with small businesses, and fostered an internal "Total Company Approach" to working with small companies. Her role extends into both capture and proposal development processes and includes coordination and support of Mentor-Protégé involvement.

Under her leadership, the company has received recognition for its efforts with small business, to include the DOD Nunn-Perry Award for excellence in the Mentor-Protégé program, the first two Corporate Champion Awards in 2005 and 2006 from the Veterans Administration for work with Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small businesses, as well as others. As an integral member of the General Dynamics Small Business Committee, she played a leadership role in the development of a common registration portal, which received a General Dynamics Supply Chain Excellence award in 2012.

Ms. Parnell is a past co-chair of the AFCEA International Small Business Committee and continues to serve as a sub-committee chair. She currently serves as Chair of the General Dynamics Small Business Committee. She earned a bachelor's degree in Science from Queen's University (Kingston, ON) and a master's degree in Business Administration from Saint Mary's University (Halifax, NS). She is a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and has served as a Senior Officer in the Canadian Forces Naval Reserve.

Bridget Gauer
NIH-NITAAC
Deputy Director
Ms. Bridget Gauer joined the NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) as the Deputy Director in June 2015. Ms. Gauer supports Mr. Robert Coen, Director of NITAAC in setting the strategic vision for the NIH GWAC program, which consists of three Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) valued at $60 billion. These contract vehicles - CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 Small Business and CIO-CS - enable any Federal Agency to quickly and easily procure information technology (IT) products, services and solutions in support of their agency missions. As a full service program, NITAAC has Direct and Assisted Acquisitions, Government-Wide Strategic Solutions, a live help desk, and many other value added customer services. The goal of the NITAAC program is to be the preeminent "go-to" provider of quality IT products and services to the federal government, enabling agencies to accomplish their missions through the use of innovative government-wide acquisition contracts in an efficient and economical manner.

Ms. Gauer comes to NITAAC with over 20 years of acquisition experience. She has served in leadership positions throughout government. Most recently she served as the Division Director for the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) of contracts and the Acting Director for the Acquisition Program Support Division within the Acquisition management, Contracts, and Grants office. Prior to joining HHS, Ms. Gauer served as the chief of contracts for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Ms. Gauer supported many organizations including the Department of Homeland Security under the Chief Procurement Officer and both contracting and major programs at the Transportation Security Administration.

Ms. Gauer has been the recipient of numerous Government awards and honors, including the Chief Acquisition Officer's Council Award for her efforts with federal intern programs, U.S Army Commander's Award for Civilian Service, and is a U.S. Army James Carroll excellence in management award recipient. Ms. Gauer is FAC-C Level III certified in Contracting and Level II FAC P/PM. She earned a B.S. in Recreation, and has a M.B.A. and M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Joyce A. Harris
Deloitte Services LP - Federal Practice
Small Business Liaison Officer
Ms. Harris serves as the Small Business Liaison Officer for Deloitte's Federal Small Business Program where she serves as the principal advisor on all small business matters, manages strategic small business relationships to increase revenue through business development activities and provides guidance on account marketing strategies and go-to-market plans. Additionally, she defines strategies in meeting client and contractual small business goals, executing a call plan to meet with government Office of Small Business Development and Utilization (OSBDU) administrators providing updates on Deloitte's strategic approach to small business utilization and initiatives and manages Deloitte's Mentor Protégé Program relationships and program execution.

Ms. Harris has been recognized by The Women of Prince George's for Outstanding Leadership in Small Business Programs and as a Small Business Champion (Large Business Contractor of the Year) by the Department of Treasury - 2012. For the last four consecutive years, she has accepted awards on behalf of Deloitte by the National Veterans Small Business Coalition for exceptional support of veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. Most recently, she has been a strong supported and participant in the Department of Health & Human Services "Getting Back 2 Business" Small Business Outreach campaign.

Michael McLaughlin
U.S. Small Business Administration
Director, Office of Policy and Research

Michael Townsend
SAIC
Sr. Director for Small Business Development and Utilization
Michael Townsend, a 26 year SAIC employee, is the Sr. Director for Small Business Development and Utilization. Mr. Townsend is the SAIC corporate point of contact for all small business matters related to our federal government, state and local government customers and commercial small business vendors and partners. He is responsible for promoting small business utilization and outreach within the company, government customers and industry. Mr. Townsend develops and implements SAIC small business processes in accordance with statutory requirements and is the Small Business Liaison Officer responsible for small business compliance and reporting. Additionally, he oversees and manages SAIC's small business special programs including Mentor-Protégé and Ability One.

David W. Loines
U.S. Small Business Administration
Director, Office of Government Contracting Area II Office
Mr. Loines serves as the Director for the Office of Government Contracting's Area II office. His office oversees all Federal procurements in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Va., and Delaware. This territory contains Federal agencies and large prime contractors that have the largest procurement budgets in the country, resulting in over $85 Billion in Federal procurements. Mr. Loines has worked to develop numerous procurement vehicles to help small business, and has implemented innovative strategies to ensure small business participation on Federal procurements.

Mr. Loines served as the Director for the SBA Business Matchmaking Initiative overseeing all events for the SBA. Mr. Loines helped pioneer this unique public private initiative. During November of 2006, Mr. Loines led a Matchmaking team into the Gulf States (post Katrina) to provide aid to the small businesses devastated by the hurricanes. These firms have received over $600 million in contracts as a result of this effort. To date, Business Matchmaking is responsible for over 100,000 pre-scheduled appointments between small businesses and buyers from the government and private sector.

Mr. Loines started in the Federal procurement field in 1994 as the Program Manager for the Nonmanufacturer Rule Waiver Program. In 1996, Mr. Loines became the Field Director for the Office of Natural Resources Sales Assistance, directing the day-to-day operations of the SBA National Timber set-aside Program.

Mr. Loines recently worked on a detail on Capitol Hill for Senator Mary Landrieu and the Senate Small Business Committee reviewing and crafting language for the Jobs Bill including the SBA "Parity" Rule which was signed into law by President Obama on September 27th, 2010.

Jackie Robinson-Burnette
8(a) Program


Carla Undurraga
Northrop Grumman Corporation Technical Services
Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO)
Carla Undurraga oversees all aspects of the strategically important Global Supplier Diversity Program for Northrop Grumman's Technical Services (NGTS) sector. Ms. Undurraga is charged with educating and assisting NGTS' business development, capture, program, contracts, and global supply chain organizations in executing procedures that ensure compliance with federal, state, and corporate laws that govern the administration of small business programs.

Ms. Undurraga has nearly 20 years of experience in federal government contracting and has held increasingly responsible positions in contracts, procurement, operations, and socio-economic business programs. She served as Science Applications International Corporation's (SAIC) Corporate Mentor-Protégé Program Manager for five years, and under her guidance, SAIC received nine Department of Defense Nunn-Perry awards for Mentor Protégé Excellence.

After a 10 year career at SAIC, a large business, Ms. Undurraga joined a small business with 150 employees and was a division director leading accounts with P/L responsibility within various civilian agencies. Advocating for small business in this arena led to her transition back to a large business wherein her current role at Northrop Grumman she can influence teaming decisions to help small businesses win government contracts.

Ms. Undurraga earned a bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication and Business Administration at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is married and resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and their three children.

Christine Rainwater
Small Business Advisory Firm,
Founder and President
Christine works with George Mason University's PTAP program, specializing in small business set-aside counseling. For the past seven years Christine has worked through the George Mason's PTAP office and the Community Business Partnership located in Springfield, Virginia working with small businesses on their set-aside certification and business development support in procuring federal contracts.

Christine Rainwater is an Associate Professor of Business teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes in small business management, marketing and entrepreneurial studies. Currently, Christine is completing her Ph.D. in Organization Management focusing on the impact of entrepreneurial education/training initiatives on small business owners. Ms. Rainwater holds a Master in International Affairs and an MBA with a concentration in Management of Information Systems.

She is the founder of the Small Business Advisory Firm, the author of "Step-by-Step Guide to Starting Your Business", a public speaker and trainer. She specializes in small business management set-aside contracting certifications and opportunities for small businesses to work with the federal government.. Recently Ms. Rainwater created a HUBZone Incubator down in Quantico to support small businesses and help drive jobs to military dependents and vets.

Brandi Barnes
U.S. General Services Administration Federal Acquisition Service
Customer Service Director, Office of Customer Accounts & Research
Brandi Barnes serves as the Customer Service Director within the General Services Administration Federal Acquisition Service, Customer Accounts and Research Division. Brandi has excess of fifteen (15) years of federal experience including the full range of acquisitions and procurements having served as a Senior Contracting Officer. Brandi is the Lead Contract and Acquisitions Consultant for the NCR CAR Division and the Program Manager for the National Information Technology Commodity Program (NITCP) Reverse Auction Strategic Partnership.

She is responsible for promoting all services and supplies offered by FAS nationwide to assigned military, civilian, and state and local government customer accounts, for the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD), Department of State (DOS), Department of Transportation (DOT), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with a combined portfolio of over $600M. Brandi is the GSA representative for the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Strategic Acquisition Council where she provides Contracts and Acquisitions knowledge and expertise to Senior Procurement Executives for DOT.

Brandi has served in numerous positions within GSA from Region 5 in Dayton, OH, to Region 4 in Atlanta, GA, to Region 11 in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Brandi served as the GSA Liaison Officer (LNO) deployed in Afghanistan from June 2014 to January 2015 to support DOD's Resolute Support Mission (RSM). Brandi was the sole GSA point of contact in theatre serving under four - star General Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and his successor four - star General John F. Campbell commander of the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan (ISAF-USFOR-A). During her deployment, Brandi served on the Joint Acquisition Review Board (JARB) providing expert GSA contracting knowledge in assisting DOD with their procurement needs. She successfully developed and implemented partnership agreements with the Source of Supply Activities (SSA) throughout Afghanistan and the Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan (CSTC-A) which primary role is the training and development of Afghan Security Forces like the Afghan National Army (ANA). Brandi was also instrumental in the successful processing and delivery of over 900 requisitions valued at over $5 million dollars.

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