Dr. James Galvin, Acting Director of The Department of Defense’s Office of Small Business Programs has spoken at the last SBAIC member meeting, on April 3.

Dr. Galvin leads a network of 700 full- and part-time Small Business Professionals across the Department of Defense (DoD). He ensures they leverage DoD’s small business industrial base to contribute to military readiness, introduce innovation to build a more lethal force and provide timely and cost-effective products and services. The work of DoD’s Small Business Professional workforce annually results in more than $50 billion in prime-contract spending and over $40 billion of subcontract-spending for small businesses.

Prior to joining DoD OSBP, Dr. Galvin was on detail to DoD from the Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as a Program Manager for more than 110 energy and water projects on military installations. He worked closely with numerous small businesses to help them demonstrate and commercialize their innovative technologies, while improving energy security on DoD facilities. He also served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, teaching graduate students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. At NREL he led a program to help the State of Hawaii achieve its clean-energy goals.

Prior to working at NREL, Dr. Galvin retired from the Army as a Colonel after serving in a variety of Aviation and Operations Research assignments. He served in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 18th Airborne Corps in various roles as a pilot (AH-1, OH-58 and UH-60), commander and staff officer. He also served on the Army Staff at the U.S. Southern Command Headquarters and the Army’s Combined Arms Center in positions involving program analysis, legislative liaison, organizational transformation and knowledge management. He received the Legion of Merit and other awards for his military service. He was the 2012 recipient of the Chairman’s Award from NREL for his support to DoD. In addition to being a Senior Army Aviator, he is Airborne, Ranger and Air Assault qualified.

Dr. Galvin earned his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, an MS in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He currently serves in the federal government’s Senior Executive Service.