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Industrial Policy Welcomes New Director of Small Business Programs

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The office of Industrial Policy is excited to welcome Amy Murray to the team as the new Director for the Department of Defense Small Business Programs, starting March 16, 2020. In her new role, Ms. Murray will be in charge of executing the Department's Small Business Strategy and supporting Industrial Policy’s mission of building a safe, secure, and resilient defense industrial base.

Ms. Murray will lead a network of over 700 small business professionals, and will serve as the principal advisor the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment on matters relating to small business. Small business procurements represent over 20% of all procurements within the Department, greatly influencing mission success.

Ms. Murray will be responsible for integrating all DoD small business activities and overseeing the efficient and effective functioning of the Department's small business specialists and acquisition workforce. Ms. Murray plans to provide 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 serving in her second term on the Cincinnati City Council, where she was the Chairwoman of the Economic Growth and Zoning Commission and Vice-Chair of the Law and Public Safety Committee.  She has 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 time at Procter & Gamble, she managed a portfolio of businesses and developed sales training 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.

“Amy brings a wealth of experience from both the private and public sectors. She has experience at the regional, national, and international level. Her deep understanding of the way large companies operate, as well as her perspective as an entrepreneur and a small business owner, will make her an invaluable member of the Industrial Policy team,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Santos. “We can’t wait to have her on board in March.”

“I look forward to new and challenging experiences with this world class organization,” Ms. Murray said when asked about joining the team. “Most importantly, I look forward to making a significant contribution and helping the organization attain its mission and goals.

Ms. Murray has a BA in Economics from Arizona State University, and is proficient in Japanese.  She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, their four adult children, and dog Sami.