Dennis W. Bartow was appointed as the Director for the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) in June 2019. He is the first appointed Director since 2014. Mr. Bartow leads a network of over 700 small business professionals, and is principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisitions 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. Mr. Bartow provides leadership, guidance, and oversight to the Military Departments and Defense Agencies to create unity of effort towards achieving established small business goals.

Mr. Bartow is responsible for integrating all DoD small business activities and overseeing the efficient and effective functioning of the Department's small business specialists and acquisitions workforce. He works to integrate the diverse aspects of the small business programs into a balanced and coherent program that supports the National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy.

A decorated U.S. Army combat veteran with more than 26 years of honorable military service, Mr. Bartow currently serves as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in support of Special Operations Forces in the West Virginia Army National Guard. Mr. Bartow comes from a family of entrepreneurs, is a small business owner, accomplished entrepreneur, and 70% service-disabled combat veteran.

From October 2017 until his appointment as DoD OSBP Director, Mr. Bartow served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Policy. There he served as the Action Officer for Central Africa, and as the lead for Security Cooperation and resources. He provided critical leadership in support of U.S. AFRICOM’s $210 million security cooperation portfolio, and impacted the $1.4 billion global security cooperation budget as a member of the Security Cooperation Executive Policy Committee.

From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Bartow served as a Military Operations Subject Matter Expert supporting Interpol Washington, the U.S. branch of the International Criminal Police Organization. While at Interpol, Mr. Bartow led the advancement of U.S. law enforcement interests in the areas of identity intelligence and anti-piracy. For three years, he led a Department of State-funded project with five African nations to combat marine piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

Born in Canton, Ohio, and a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Mr. Bartow also has five years of Congressional staff experience covering issues such as military and veteran affairs, homeland security, foreign policy, education, and housing, as both a constituent case worker and Military Legislative Assistant. He has also served in senior staff management and advisor roles for members of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate and State Senate in Ohio.

Mr. Bartow resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and their three small children.


Deputy Director 

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.



Associate Director

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. 

Associate Director

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.