Mr. Farooq A. Mitha
Mr. 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 served as the President and CEO of Imbue Group, Inc., which provided the subject matter expertise to DoD’s industrial base and innovation programs on small business programs, supply chain risk, defense procurement policy, utilization of other transactional authorities, engaging small businesses 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.
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 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. VICKY MUNDT
As the Associate Director for Industry Engagement, Ms. Mundt and her team promote events and activities for small businesses who are interested in doing business with the Department of Defense.
Ms. Mundt also oversees the socioeconomic programs, ensuring regulation compliance which promotes the utilization of disadvantaged small business; 8(a) Business Development Program, Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
Prior to joining the DoD OSBP, Ms. Mundt served in a variety of positions in the Office Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration. She was the Director of Entrepreneurship Education, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Small Business Development Centers and a financial examiner.
Ms. Mundt is a retired Navy Captain where she served for 26 years in a number of leadership positions in Navy Medicine headquarters and Navy Hospitals.
MR. KHALIL MACK
As the Associate Director of Policy for the Director of the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), Mr. Mack serves as the Principal Advisor to the Director on small business industrial base related policy, regulation, and legislation. He also serves as the Program Manager for the Indian Incentive Program.
Prior to joining the DoD OSBP, Mr. Mack served 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, for several customers within the Department of Defense. Previous to his tenure at Washington Headquarters Services, Mr. Mack served 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 his Bachelor of Science degree, in Business Management, from Hampton University and his MBA from the George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Federal Procurement and Contract Management Graduate Program.
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.