Mr. Farooq A. Mitha
Farooq A. Mitha currently serves in the Biden administration as the Director of the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). As Director, Mr. Mitha oversees more than $140 billion of annual awards to small business. In addition, he assists the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretaries of Military Departments, Under Secretaries of Defense, Directors of Defense Agencies and Major Commands in including small business planning into the readiness of the Department. These efforts aim to modernize and restore the nation’s industrial commons through focusing on advanced manufacturing, applied research, and innovative programs that align small business capabilities with the DoD’s current and future needs.
Prior to his appointment Mr. Mitha served on the Biden-Harris transition team as a member of the DoD Agency Review Team. Mr. Mitha also served in the Obama administration as the Senior Advisor to the Director of the DoD Office of Small Business Programs and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy.
Mr. Mitha was previously President and CEO of Imbue Group, Inc., a small business providing subject matter expertise to DoD’s industrial base and innovation programs on small business programs, supply chain risk, defense procurement policy, use of other transactional authorities, small businesses engagement within the national security technology and industrial base, and advanced manufacturing.
In his previous time at the Department of Defense, Mr. Mitha led several programs and initiatives that have increased the visibility of small business within DoD, modernized programs to infuse small business capability into major defense acquisition programs and increased effective dialogue with industry.
Mr. Mitha has a strong background in international policy and national security. He is fluent in Arabic and published opinion-editorials offering commentary on issues concerning the Middle East and the American political system. In 2009, Mr. Mitha was a Fulbright Fellow in Amman, Jordan where he coordinated a Track II diplomacy conference and conducted research on economic reform in the Middle East. Mr. Mitha has also lectured at domestic and international universities on economic reform in the Middle East, U.S. policy in the Middle East, and civic engagement.
Mr. Mitha obtained his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and holds a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from the University of South Florida.
Dr. Jacqueline Charles
As the Associate Director of Small Business Policy, Legislative Affairs and Workforce Development, Dr. Charles serves as the Principal Advisor to the Director on small business industrial base related policy, regulation, and legislation.
Prior to joining the DoD OSBP, Dr. Charles served as a Product Support Manager in the Combat Data Systems Program Office within the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. Dr. Charles advised on logistics policies. She led efforts to sustain various software and hardware tools that Combat Data Systems provides to its operational units that are responsible for developing combat mission data files with the latest capabilities for the F-35. She also held other key leadership roles in her 24 year career in support of various DoD acquisition and sustainment programs.
Dr. Charles earned her PhD in Education with a specialization in Leadership for Higher Education and a MBA with a specialization in Global Operations and Supply Chain Management from Capella University. She is also a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.
Mr. Derrick Davis
Mr. Davis currently serves as the Director for Industrial Cyber Security for the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). He directly oversees several programs in support of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), including the Project Spectrum cybersecurity outreach initiative. Mr. Davis provides strategic leadership for several teams of communications, cybersecurity, and program-support professionals. He utilizes his extensive experience with national security technology and policy strategy to direct cybersecurity compliance, supply chain analysis, technology development and integration, and program support.
Prior coming to becoming a federal civilian, Mr. Davis worked as a technology strategist in the private sector where he held key leadership positions. Mr. Davis attended Oklahoma State University where he did his doctoral research in Cyber Security Governance. Also, Mr. Davis attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he earned his Master of Science in Information Systems.
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. She currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of Small Business Programs, and also is the Director of the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program.
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.
Ms. Carla Johnson
As the Associate Director for Acquisition Support and Contracting, Ms. Johnson manages the Subcontracting portfolio and the Office of Small Business Program (OSBP) contracts. Ms. Johnson monitors and reports on the Department’s Subcontracting performance toward goals and executes the OSBP contractual requirements and translates these requirements into actionable contracts. She directly supports the Office of Small Business Program’s mission by striving to fulfill present fiscal year goals in prime contracting and subcontracting, as well as tracking DoD's performance history.
Prior to joining OSBP, Ms. Johnson worked in CFIUS as a member of the International Outreach and Strategic Engagement Team. She has also held positions in OUSD/Acquisition and Sustainment as the Contracts Lead, Project Manager for Business Systems, and Resource Manager for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Command, Control, and Communication (C3), Cyber, and Business Systems.
Ms. Johnson has also served in a number of leadership positions in the DoD, in support of project management, contracting, budgeting and financial management, as well as, private industry where she served as Budget Director for Radio Free Asia (RFA) and Senior Program Analyst with Northrop Grumman.
Mr. Khalil Mack
Mr. Mack currently serves as Deputy Director of the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and Director of APEX Accelerators. As part of the OSBP leadership team, he oversees Industry Engagement, Strategic Communications, Policy, Industrial Cybersecurity, Small Business Risk, and the APEX Accelerators program.
With 97 offices across 49 states and territories, APEX Accelerators provide a critical front door for business and industry to help to expand suppliers to the federal, state, and local government marketplaces and provide opportunities for companies new to government contracting to acquire the skills and know-how to compete.
The work Accelerators do with businesses, in concert with their partners, strengthens the defense industrial base by accelerating innovation, fostering ingenuity, and establishing resilient and diverse supply chains. The result is the creation of a domestic industrial base that can deliver preeminent solutions to the military and other government users.
Mr. Mack previously held the position of Associate Director of Policy, where he was the principal advisor to the OSBP Director on small business industrial base related policy, regulation, and legislation. His experience also includes serving as Branch Chief for the Rapid Prototyping Acquisition Branch at the Washington Headquarters Services Acquisition Directorate, where he planned and executed non-FAR based acquisitions, including Other Transactions (OTs), and in various contracting roles for the Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM).
Prior to becoming a federal civilian, Mr. Mack was a consultant, specializing in acquisition and finance, for several federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Mr. Mack earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Hampton University, and a Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the Procurement and Contracts Management Certificate program at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Bryson Reynolds
AAAS Policy Fellow
As a AAAS Policy Fellow, Dr. Reynolds oversees efforts to expand market intelligence including the Market Research Center of Excellence (MRCOE), develop of digital platforms to streamline workflow including the Mentor Protégé Program (MPP) Portal, and mitigate risk to small businesses in the defense industrial base posed by foreign, ownership, control, and influence (FOCI).
Prior to joining OSBP, Dr. Reynolds worked in neuroscience research at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University focused primarily on neuroimaging and the biomechanics of head impact, and in STEM education at the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach.
Dr. Reynolds earned his BS degree in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University, and his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia.