MR. SHANNON JACKSON
Mr. Jackson leads a network of 700 full- and part-time Small Business Professionals across the Department of Defense (DoD). He ensures they leverage DoD's small business industrial base to contribute to military readiness, introduce innovation to build a more lethal force and provide timely and cost-effective products and services. The work of DoD's Small Business Professional workforce annually results in more than $50 billion in prime-contract spending and over $40 billion of subcontract-spending for small businesses.
Mr. Jackson is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army where he served for 23 years. In the military, he was the Deputy Program Manager for the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force; a Foreign Military Sales Acquisition Officer/Program Manager for a Major Weapon Systems, Ammunition and Service for the Government of Iraq; and the Department of the Army System Coordinator (DASC) within the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition Logistics and Technology directly managing the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) and the Hellfire Missile System.
Mr. Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Virginia State University, a master’s degree in Business Administration from Nichols College and a master’s degree in Procurement and Acquisition from Webster University. He is a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level 3 certified Program Manager and a Level 2 Contracting professional.
Mr. Jackson is married to Michelle and they have two children, Paige and Colin.
MS. JANICE BUFFLER
With more than 25 years of experience supporting small business programs, Ms. Buffler joined DoD OSBP in 2006, first as a support contractor and then as a government civilian. She is responsible for DoD’s subcontracting program, including the reporting of the department’s subcontracting achievements to the Small Business Administration. She develops and recommends policy related to the submission and review processes for subcontracting plan reports. She oversees the DoD Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan (CSP) Test Program and its management by the Defense Contract Management Agency CSP Division.
Ms. Buffler supports DoD Regional Councils located across the United States. Prior to joining the OSBP, Ms. Buffler was at the Pentagon Renovation Program (PenRen) where she was responsible for establishing the PenRen Small Business Office and developing its small business program. Functioning as the PenRen Small Business Program Director, she established a subcontracting program, which included the development and implementation of a data system and evaluation program to assess prime contractor and subcontractor performance on PenRen contracts for award-fee purposes.
MS. KASEY DIAZ
Prior to joining DoD OSBP, Ms. Diaz worked in the private sector where she provided direct program management support for federal government small business policies and programs with the objective of maximizing utilization of small and disadvantaged small businesses.
Prior to providing programmatic and management support to the federal government, Ms. Diaz was instrumental in enhancing membership recruitment, retention and outreach and influential in all membership-level activities as the Assistant Director for nonprofit associations. Ms. Diaz has more than 17 years of experience in technical, programmatic, administrative and management assistance in support of DOD as a subject-matter expert on small business and acquisition policies, procedures and related matters at the major command level. She has a BS in Biology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
DR. RUBY CRENSHAW-LAWRENCE
As the Associate Director for Legislative and Small Business Policy with the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD), Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S), Dr. Lawrence develops recommendations for new or modified Administrative Program Policies, Processes, Goals or Objectives, analyzes the effectiveness of Small Business Policies and Regulations, and provides advisement on all Small Business Policy matters related to Legislative and Regulatory Updates. While working alongside various DoD Components, Civilian Federal Agencies, Congressional Staff, Regulatory Councils, Special Committees, and other Ad Hoc groups, Dr. Lawrence evaluates, refines and proposes Small Business Policy to ensure maximum contribution of Small Business participation throughout DoD Acquisitions.
Dr. Lawrence has served in several other appointments throughout her career with OSBP, most recently, as the Assistant Director for Strategic Communication, Advocacy and Outreach. In this role, Dr. Lawrence advocated to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Small Business Programs, lead an effort to provide outreach and guidance in enhancing the Defense Industrial Base through collaboration with Senior DoD Officials, Civilian Federal Agencies, Institutes of Higher Education, and Congressional Staff. In her earlier career with OSBP, Dr. Lawrence provided management and oversight in the distribution of $15M in Congressional Funds to Prime Contractors and Small Businesses who utilized Native American Owned, Alaskan Owned, or Hawaiian Owned Businesses or Enterprises as Subcontractors. Prior to these positions, Dr. Lawrence functioned as the Senior Mentor-Protégé Program Analyst for OSBP, whereby she assisted in the initiation and oversight of Policy Improvements and Developments, Program Reviews and Compliance as well as daily management of Component Activities participating in the program.