Ms. Denise Price leads the Small Business Innovation Program for the Logistics Research and Development program at the Defense Logistics Agency, managing an annual portfolio valued at $150M. She maintains oversight of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) and Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) programs focused on Nuclear Modernization, Force Readiness and Lethality, Weapons System Innovation, Supply Chain Risk Reduction, and other areas charged with fostering innovation in logistics and supply chain management. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Price previously served as a Master Black Belt for Strategic Policy & Governance for HQ DLA’s Transformation Directorate leading projects to decrease Time to Award, implement Non-procurable Policy, and improve Installation Management and Equal Employment Opportunity office processes.
Denise received a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Rowen University and was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1984. She earned her Master’s degree in Astronautical /Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School (1992) and subsequently qualified as an Engineering Duty Officer. Tours of duty included serving as the Second Fleet Electronics Materiel Office on the USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20), Ship Superintendent for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard working both nuclear and non-nuclear ship overhaul projects, and Supervisor of Shipbuilding Program Manager delivering all shipyard availabilities on time and under budget. Lieutenant Commander Price resigned her commission in 1996 after 12 years of active duty service. Since then, she worked for General Electric (GE) Appliances and Specialty Materials where she ran two GE businesses, as well as Sears Logistics Service and George Group as a Master Black Belt process analyst.