NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced Monday that Dwight Deneal will serve as the new assistant administrator of the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, effective immediately.
In this role, Deneal provides executive leadership, policy direction, and program management that helps ensure that all small businesses have a fair opportunity to work with NASA. He succeeds Glenn Delgado, who retired from the agency in December 2023.
“Dwight brings a wealth of experience and expertise to NASA’s Office of Small Business Programs,” Nelson said. “Small businesses play a critical role in powering our country with new technologies and scientific discoveries to maintain American leadership in space and benefit all of humanity. “I am confident that his leadership will help NASA continue to promote and integrate American small businesses into all aspects of our missions.”
Prior to his appointment at NASA, Deneal served as director of the Defense Logistics Agency’s Office of Small Business Programs, overseeing all small business programs and contracting activities that amounted to more than $45 billion in expenditures. annually in contracts and $18 billion in small business spending. He was also responsible for maintaining strategic partnerships that attract small businesses into the defense supply chain, helping to grow the national defense industrial base.
Deneal also previously served as director of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Small Business and Industry Liaison Programs, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he led all guidance , policies and regulations related to small business and the socioeconomic field and was the authority to plan and carry out procurement activities in support of small business programs. From 2013 to 2017, Deneal served as a small business team lead specialist at the Department of Health and Human Services. His experience also includes supporting the US Department of Education and the US Department of the Navy as a contract specialist.
In addition to his role at NASA, Deneal also serves as vice chair of the Federal Interagency Office’s Council of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Directors. This organization of federal small business program officials that meets periodically to exchange and discuss information on small business methods, issues, and strategies.
Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Deneal graduated from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He also graduated from Harvard University’s Kennedy Government Executive Education program. Deneal received the 2018 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Director of Acquisition Industry Engagement Excellence Award. He is married with two children.
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