Tracey Pinson Dennis

Tracey Pinson Dennis
Tracey Pinson Dennis

Office of the Secretary of Defense
Office of the Secretary of the Army
Boeing Defense, Space and Security

Tracey L. Pinson Dennis was a native of Washington, D. C. She received a bachelor of science in political science from Howard University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She was a member in good standing with the Maryland Bar Association and the National Contract Management Association.

From 1982-1986, Ms. Pinson Dennis served as counsel to the Committee on Small Business, U.S. House of Representatives for chairman of the House Small Business Committee, Congressman Parren J. Mitchell. From 1986-1995, she served as assistant to the director, Office of Small Business Programs, Office of the Secretary of Defense. In April 1995, she was appointed by Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Togo West, as director, Office of Small Business Programs, Office of Secretary of the Army. She was a principal member of the Army Secretariat and was the highest-ranking female civil servant in the Army acquisition field. Under her leadership, the Army awarded over $300 billion in contracts to small businesses. Ms. Pinson Dennis also managed the Army Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MIs) Program and ensured these institutions were afforded an opportunity to participate in Army-funded programs. Under her leadership over $100 billion was awarded to HBCUs/MIs.

In 2014, Ms. Pinson Dennis joined The Boeing Company as director of Small/Diverse Business and Strategic Alliances for Boeing Defense, Space and Security. She was responsible for ensuring that contractual obligations were met by driving strategy for work placement with small/diverse businesses in alignment with business agreements that deliver the best value to Boeing and its customers.

Throughout her career, Ms. Pinson received numerous awards and accolades, including the Department of the Army Award—Decoration for Exceptional Service in 1998; the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive in 2002 and for Distinguished Executive in 2009; and the Department of the Army Award for Meritorious Civilian Service in 2014.

In conjunction with her professional accomplishments in government, Ms. Pinson Dennis served on a number of boards and commissions, most notably on the Board of Directors of the African American Federal Executive Association, an organization she co-founded.

Ms. Pinson transitioned quietly on December 14, 2014 after a brief illness. She leaves a strong legacy in her daughter Maya Helene and her devoted husband Darryl Dennis.