Metropolitan Washington Chapter of NIGP

Members-At-Large*


Serves as voting members on the Board of Directors that
controls and manages the affairs and finances of the Chapter. *One Member-At-Large position will serve to fulfill a 1-year, 2019 term vacancy. This special election candidate may be decided on by the candidate or the Elections Committee.

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John Jackson

What organization do you work for and what is your position?

Fairfax County Public School

How long have you worked in the procurement field? 

Over 35 years.

What do you plan to bring to the Chapter?

Years of leadership skills.

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Lydia S. Gray

What organization do you work for and what is your position?

I have worked in the procurement field for more than six years in various roles. I’ve served as a Contracting Officer, Procurement Manager, Contracting Specialist and Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative. I am certified through the American Purchasing Society as a Certified Purchasing Professional, and I have completed the CPPB training prep course, with plans on taking the exam in the spring of 2019. My expertise includes in-depth knowledge of the cradle-to-grave procurement process, business development and business marketing. I have a wealth of experience leading service organizations and national programs.

What do you plan to bring to the Chapter?

If elected, I plan to utilize my strategic thinking and planning to develop new opportunities to assist with the Chapter’s membership growth and national recognition. I have the drive and ambition to champion any challenges that the Chapter may face when trying to implement new programs or events. I am a great team player and team builder, and I believe in hard work. I had the opportunity to attend the National Forum in Nashville, TN, and I left the forum feeling inspired to do more within the procurement community, and to make a great stride for growth within NIGP. I plan on being fully active with the Chapter and encouraging my fellow colleagues to participate with Chapter events and the national conferences. I have loads of ideas that I believe will help move the Chapter forward and peak interest with fellow colleagues in and around the District.

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Monica Bailey Delissaint

What organization do you work for and what is your position?

I work for the Office of Contracting and Procurement as a Contract Specialist serving the District Department of Transportation.

How long have you worked in the procurement field? 

I have worked in the procurement field for 20 years; most of which has been spent in the commercial sector. In my last role I served as Manager, Contracts and Compliance. I was responsible for the supervision of approximately 5 contract and compliance specialists. 

What do you plan to bring to the Chapter?

I plan to bring my blended skill of business development and management, procurement, and a positive attitude to help the Chapter excel and become one of the best (if not the best) NIGP Chapter!!

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Samira Davis


What organization do you work for and what is your position?

Contract Specialist at DC OCFO

How long have you worked in the procurement field?

I have been in the procurement field for the past 18 years

What do you plan to bring to the Chapter?

What I would like to bring new ideas to the DC chapter that will contribute to leading the chapter to be more innovative and attract a higher number of professionals for the benefit of growing the organization and have more impact locally and nationally. Some of these ideas are: 1/ creating a “Collaborative Portal” out of the chapter’s website where DC contracting professionals can connect, have discussions, help each other with challenging questions and share experiences. 2/ Create mentored learning groups for procurement professional who are preparing the NIGP certifications. I am also open and happy to assist the chapter in any capacity that will improve the chapter’s performance.

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Tia M. Mercer

What organization do you work for and what is your position?

I am currently employed with the District of Columbia Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP) serving the Department of Employment Services, the Workforce Investment Council and the Deputy Mayor of Greater Economic Opportunities. My position with OCP is a Supervisory Contract Specialist/Contracting Officer.  I have 10 years of experience in the procurement field. My experience started in 2008 working for the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization as a Contract Administrator (CA). I served in the CA position for less than a year before I was asked to become part of the contracting and procurement team. This allowed me the opportunity to grow and expand my knowledge.

What do you plan to bring to the Chapter?

I plan to bring my knowledge and passion for procurement to this Chapter. Being a person with determination, I plan on using this as tool for helping the Chapter continue to be successful and educating other procurement professional on the continued growth of Government purchasing. 

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Tornia Harrison

What organization do you work for and what is your position?

I am currently employed at the Office of Contracting and Procurement as a Procurement Analyst working in the Purchase Card Program.

How long have you worked in the procurement field? 

I started my procurement career at Child and Family Services in 2006. From November 2008 to March 2013, I worked for the DC Department of Mental Health, Saint Elizabeth Hospital as a Facilities System Specialist and in the Contracts and Procurement Administration as a Contract Specialist. From March 2013 to present, I work for DC Office of Contracting and Procurement in the Office of Procurement Integrity and Compliance as a Procurement Analyst/Auditor and with the District of Columbia Purchase Card Program as the Purchase Card Manager.

What do you plan to bring to the Chapter?

I am interested in becoming an Officer of the DC NIGP Chapter because I would like to see the new generation of procurement professionals advance and remain interested in the profession.  I would like to help members become certified and further their procurement education and knowledge.   As an officer I will promote the benefits of becoming a chapter member to those that are currently in the field but not a member of the chapter.  I have been a member of the chapter for several years and would like to become officer to help with the growth and advancement of the Chapter in the District of Columbia. 

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