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Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security Bureau of Industry and Security
Alan F. Estevez serves as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security. As Under Secretary, Mr. Estevez leads the Bureau of Industry and Security, which advances U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting U.S. strategic technology leadership. Mr. Estevez arrived at BIS following an accomplished 36-year career at the Department of Defense, including in two Senate-confirmed leadership positions. His last position at the Department of Defense was Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics), where he was responsible for developing, implementing, and managing acquisition, contracting, installation, and logistics programs and policies that increased combat effectiveness, as well as the department’s efficiency and buying power.
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
Senate-confirmed in April 2022, the Honorable Dr. William A. LaPlante serves as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)). In this role, he is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; nuclear, chemical, and biological defense; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base.
Admiral Steve Poulin
Vice Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
Admiral Steven D. Poulin assumed the duties as the 33rd Vice Commandant on May 31st, 2022. As the Vice Service Chief and Chief Operating Officer, Admiral Poulin executes the Commandant’s Strategic Intent, manages internal organizational governance and serves as the Component Acquisition Executive. He reports to Coast Guard Headquarters from a tour as the Commander, Atlantic Area, and Commander, Coast Guard Defense Force East. He concurrently served as Director, Department of Homeland Security Joint Task Force East. Prior flag assignments include U.S. Southern Command's Director of Operations, Commander of the First Coast Guard District, Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel of the Coast Guard, and the Director of Governmental and Public Affairs. He served as Commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile, where he directed Coast Guard operations in Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida panhandle and was the Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response operations in that same geographical area from April to October 2010. His previous operational tours include Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Sector Mobile, AL; Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Group Galveston, TX; Law Enforcement Officer and Assistant Operations Officer at Coast Guard Group Mobile, AL; and as Deck Watch Officer on USCG DAUNTLESS (WMEC-624).
Senior Procurement Executive, U.S. General Services Administration
Jeff Koses is recognized as an innovative leader in the field of acquisition. As Senior Procurement Executive for the General Services Administration, Jeff has three priorities: 1) strengthen the acquisition workforce, 2) smart and effective buying and 3) healthy and productive industry relationships. Jeff and his team are working to ensure an acquisition system that is modem, accessible, and streamlined. Jeff is a voting member of the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council where he is a champion for acquisition reform. He also oversees the Federal Acquisition Institute which supports 180,000 members of the civilian acquisition workforce.
Karla Smith Jackson
Senior Procurement Executive, Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer and Assistant Administrator for Procurement
Karla Smith Jackson is the Senior Procurement Executive, Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer & Assistant Administrator for the Office of Procurement at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In this role, she provides senior executive leadership and oversight of NASA's procurement functions, policy, and initiatives to an acquisition workforce of over 4,000 personnel. Ms. Jackson serves on the Federal Acquisition Institute Board of Directors and on the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council. She is one of only three signatory authorities that can execute procurement policies and procedures on behalf of the United States Federal Government. In addition, she represents NASA’s enterprise procurement organization across the Federal Government, industry and international organizations.
John M. Tenaglia
Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting, U.S. Department of Defense
Mr. John M. Tenaglia serves as the Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). He is responsible for the pricing and contracting policy matters that relate to $300+ billion in annual contract obligations. As the functional leader of DoD’s 30,000+ contracting and purchasing professionals, he is responsible for their workforce career development. He serves as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)) on acquisition and procurement negotiation strategies for all major weapon systems, and major automated information systems programs. He is responsible for assisting the USD(A&S) in the implementation of the Department’s operational priorities, including business reform initiatives to reduce operational costs and speed delivery to the warfighter. He oversees business enterprise initiatives related to pricing, domestic, international, and contingency contract policy for DoD, and associated e-business solutions; and DoD procurement regulations.
Chairwoman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Parsons
Carey Smith is chairwoman, president, and chief executive officer, responsible for the company’s strategy, growth, business execution, and global operations. Before joining Parsons, she served in progressive leadership roles at Honeywell, including as President of its defense and space division, Vice President of Honeywell Aerospace Customer and Product Support, and President of Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. Prior to joining Honeywell, Ms. Smith held various executive positions at Lockheed Martin. She is on the Parsons and Edison International Board of Directors, chairs the Professional Services Council’s Board of Directors, and is also a member of the board of directors for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.
Acting Executive Vice President, Growth; Executive Vice President, Shared and Managed Services, The Golden Key Group
Jessica Salmoiraghi serves as Golden Key Group’s Acting EVP Growth/ EVP of Shared and Managed Services. Ms. Salmoiraghi is a highly-accomplished professional with a broad range of experience in government affairs, strategic initiatives, member relations, project management, and federal procurement. Ms. Salmoiraghi first joined GKG in June of 2021 as the Vice President of Shared and Managed Services. Her wealth of experience in the government and private sector has been crucial to the expansion of many business lines at GKG. She began leading GKG’s Business Development and Growth team at the end of 2021, in addition to her role to expand Shared and Managed Services. Prior to GKG, Ms. Salmoiraghi was the Chief Acquisition Officer and Associate Administrator at General Services Administration (GSA) where she focused on supporting government-wide efforts through regulation and shared-services implementation. Before this, she was the director of federal agencies and international programs at the American Council of Engineering Companies. A lawyer by trade, Ms. Salmoiraghi’s career includes decades of experience supporting other trade associations and advocacy efforts. Ms. Salmoiraghi received her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
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