SDO Diverse and Small Business Advisory Board

The Supplier Diversity Office Diverse and Small Business Advisory Board is a voluntary board which provides guidance and advice to the SDO in fulfilling its mission to promote equity and fairness in state contracting.

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Executive Order 599 about the board: No. 599: Reaffirming Programs to Ensure Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Diverse and Small Massachusetts Businesses in State Procurement and Contracting |

Section 7. Supplier Diversity Office Diverse and Small Business Advisory Board

The Executive Director of the SDO, in consultation with the OAO, shall appoint an SDO Diverse and Small Business Advisory Board (“Advisory Board”).  The Advisory Board shall consist of up to 15 members, one of whom shall be designated by the Executive Director of the SDO to serve as Chair.  The Advisory Board shall advise the SDO on the development of innovative and effective measures and programs that will advance the SDO’s mission of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in state contracting.  The Advisory Board shall also identify barriers faced by diverse and small businesses in the Commonwealth’s procurement and bidding process and recommend measures to eliminate such barriers.

Members shall reflect the demographic and geographic diversity of the Commonwealth and shall include individual business owners and representatives of organizations that reflect the categories of diverse and small businesses served by the SDO, including MBE, WBE, VBE, SDVOBE, DOBE, LGBTBE and small Massachusetts businesses that have been certified by the SDO.  Advisory Board members shall serve for two-year terms, except that in the initial appointments, one half shall be appointed to one-year terms, and one half shall be appointed to two-year terms.  Members may serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. The Advisory Board shall meet on a regularly established schedule at the direction of the Chair and Executive Director of the SDO.

SDO Advisory Board

Organization/Business Name Name and Title
BECMA  Nicole Obi , President & CEO
Amplify Latinx  Eneida Román, President & CEO
Asian Business Empowerment Council (ABEC)  Qingjian (Q.J.) Shi, Director
Center for Women & Enterprise New England  Gaby King Morse, President & CEO
Veterans Business Outreach Center Program for the U.S. Small Business Administration  Ray Milano, Director
Collettey's Cookies Collette Divitto, CEO and COO
MA LGBT Chamber of Commerce  Grace Moreno, Executive Director
M&A Supplier Diversity Consultants, LLC  Maria Gonzalez, Founder & Managing Partner
BDC Community Capital Corp  Karim Hill,  President and CEO
Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Alex Guardiola, Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy
Coalition for an Equitable Economy Tracye Whitfield, Executive Director
Berkshire Black Economic Council A.J. Enchill, President and Executive Director
Chopvalue Boston Elaine Chow,  Founder
Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council Joanne Wang,  Director of Corporate Services

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