MR. JEFFERY "SCOTT" BAUM
Mr. Baum currently serves as the Principal Director for Industrial Policy and the Acting Director for the Office of Small Business Programs. In this role he is responsible for analyzing the capabilities, overall health, and policies concerning the industrial base on which the Department relies for current and future warfighting capabilities. Industrial Policy is also responsible for developing the Department’s position on the business combinations and transactions, both foreign and domestic, that shape and affect national security. The office is the designated point of contact for foreign industrial base engagements, strengthening international alliances and building new partnerships.
Prior to Senior Executive Service Mr. Baum was the Director of the Office of Commercial & Economic Analysis in the United States Air Force. He was responsible for reducing commercial and economic risk to the Air Force industrial base. He has also served as program manager responsible for applied research projects and legislative liaison support to the Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence).
Mr. Baum brings an array of military and industry experience to the role. His initial service to the Department occurred as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army commanding troops conducting operations in Kuwait, Iraq, and across Africa. He is a graduate of
U.S. Army Ranger School, Airborne School, Command and General Staff College, and Senior Service College. Scott’s decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous campaign medals.
After his active duty service Mr. Baum spent a decade working at AT&T and SAIC in network engineering, long range planning, and corporate strategy. Recently, Scott spent a year at National Defense University, Eisenhower School, studying the impact of globalization on industrial capacities of select countries and its implication to their national strategy formulation.
He holds a B.A. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin, M.B.A with a concentration in Finance from Texas Christian University, and a M.S. in Strategy and National Resourcing from National Defense University. He is a board member of the Texas Christian University, Energy Institute.
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.