My Background and Experience

Background:

In 2006, Cristi Clement retired as a U.S. Air Force civilian employee after serving 24 years as a contracting officer.

Ms. Clement held unlimited dollar authority to bind the U.S. government while negotiating and managing complex, multimillion-dollar contracts for major weapon systems, large facility and infrastructure projects inclusive of power generation/distribution, aerospace launch programs, information technology and communications systems at Air Force installations in the United States and in Europe. During her career, Ms. Clement also served as advocate for U.S. Small Business sector and ensured that small business had fair access to contract opportunities even in classified arenas.

Ms. Clement served on Small Business Economic Development Councils, was Air Force liaison to the Small Business Administration for 10 years and was the Rhineland-Pfalz (Germany) chapter president of the National Contract Management Association for two terms. Prior to her Air Force career, Ms. Clement spent 13 years working as a systems analyst/programmer for Union Equity Co-operative Exchange, a six-state regional commodities co-op involved in international trading and grain exports.

Solid Business Experience:

13 years as systems analyst / programmer for large commodities co-op

24 years as Air Force contracting officer, with unlimited authority to bind the government

Managed fiduciary responsibility on contracts valued over $1 million

Taught DaD conflict of interest & ethics standards to procurement personnel

Managed complicated projects requiring significant conflict resolution efforts

Developed & implemented acquisition programs and policy

* Championed for Small Business to maximize fair share of contract awards

* Met highest ethical standards throughout career

* Held top secret and higher security clearance

EDUCATION

Ms. Clement received her B.A. (with honors) from the University of Oklahoma and her M.A. (with honors) in Procurement and Acquisition Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.

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