Speakers

CONTRACTING BASICS: OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES

  

     

Andy Hall

Chief Operations Officer
San Diego Workforce Partnership

Andy brings extensive experience in workforce development, public sector leadership, and community service to SDWP. For the last 5 years, Andy has been a key member of the San Diego Workforce team, directing the overall strategy  and execution of over $30M invested in workforce programs and ongoing labor market research designed to close the skills gap in San Diego. Andy was named a San Diego 30 under 30 leader in 2017. Prior to his time at SD Workforce, Andy was a consultant for Public Consulting Group (PCG) where he assisted state and local government agencies improve the impact and operations of public employment programs. Andy earned his B.A with a double major in Economics and History from UC San Diego and holds an MBA from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

  

Brett Housholder

Deputy Director
Southwestern College, Higher Education Center, Center for Business Advancement

Brett is the Deputy Director at the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center for Southwestern College, where he helps oversee a program that helps San Diego area businesses learn the processes of selling their goods and services to government agencies at the federal, state, and local level. Before joining the team in San Diego in the fall of 2017, Brett spent five years as the Program Manager for a similar program with the Wyoming Small Business Development Center.

Brett assists businesses through certification processes and helps them find contracting opportunities, submit bids, and win contracts. His expertise guides minority-owned, woman-owned, and veteran-owned businesses in navigating government regulations to give them an advantage in competing for government contracts.

Brett graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Marketing degree in 2003 and an MBA in 2004.

Elaine Richardson

Manager of Small Business Development
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

Ms. Elaine Richardson has worked for SANDAG for over 15 years, beginning as the Contracts and Procurement Manager. As Contracts Manager, she established an entirely new procurement function, from inception to completion, to support the billion-dollar programs that were inclusive of construction, engineering, technical mapping and software development, marketing, financial, legal and training services, and many other goods and services.

In her current position, Ms. Richardson spearheaded the development of the Diversity in Small Contractor Opportunities (DISCO) Program, which ensures that small and disadvantaged businesses have equal opportunity to participate in SANDAG projects. Ms. Richardson manages and oversees development and implementation of the SANDAG Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business (SB) Programs. She established the SANDAG Bench Programs, which have committed over $100 million to small and disadvantaged businesses.

Ms. Richardson has over 28 years of contracting and small business outreach experience. She received her Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

  

Jack Pellegrino

Director
Department of Purchasing and Contracting
County of San Diego

Jack has over 38 years of Government contracting and procurement experience leading diverse teams of contracting, procurement, and pricing staff in both the public and private sectors.  Prior to joining the County as the Director of Purchasing and Contracting in 2013, Jack held executive contracting and procurement positions in the private sector doing business with government customers.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO); Certification Commission and Legislative & Position Committee member for The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP); and Board of Advisors for the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

Jack is a Lifetime Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and NCMA Fellow.  He is also an instructor for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Extension Contracts Program and the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Institute for Excellence in County Government. 

Jack holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics; a Master of Science degree in Procurement & Acquisition Management; with an Advanced Specialization in Government Contract Management.