MS. AMY MURRAY
Appointed in 2020, Ms. Amy Murray currently serves as the Director for the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). In this capacity, Ms. Murray leads a network of over 700 small business professionals and is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy for matters relating to small business. Small business procurements represent over 20% of all procurements within the Department, greatly influencing mission success.
Ms. Murray is responsible for integrating all DoD small business initiatives and overseeing the efficient and effective functioning of the Department's small business specialists and acquisition workforce. She provides leadership, guidance, and oversight to the Military Departments and Defense Agencies to create unity of effort in executing the DoD Small Business Strategy, which directly supports the National Security Strategy and the National Defense Strategy.
Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Murray was twice elected to the Cincinnati City Council, where she was the Chairwoman of the Economic Growth and Zoning Committee and Vice-Chair of the Law and Public Safety Committee. She served on Governor Kasich’s Task Force on Police-Community Relations and is an alumna of the JoAnn Davidson Leadership Institute, Governing Magazine Women in Government Leadership Program, and the American Enterprise Leadership Network. She currently participates in the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership.
Ms. Murray spent many years in the private sector before moving into government service. During her 14 years at Procter & Gamble, she managed a portfolio of businesses and developed programs, focusing chiefly on P&G’s Asian market. She then went on to found her own consulting firm, where she provided consulting services for clients focused on strategies for building successful relationships with Japanese companies.
Ms. Murray has a BA in Economics from Arizona State University and is proficient in Japanese.
MR. SHANNON JACKSON
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.
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.