Special Assistant, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
Mitch Winans is a Special Assistant in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Office of the Chief Procurement Officer. In this role, he is responsible for managing stakeholder relations and advising leadership on industry engagement, media outreach, strategic planning, and organizational development. Prior to joining the IRS, Mitch was an Industry Liaison at the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) under the Department of Commerce and helped the newly-formed agency establish its procurement organization and small business program. Before coming to FirstNet, he served in various roles at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As the Strategic Communications Liaison in the DHS Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Mitch counseled leadership on effective communications strategies and managed the spread of procurement information to industry, Congress, the media, the DHS acquisition workforce, and other DHS components. He was also a Contract Specialist for multiple agencies at DHS and supported a wide range of emergency management, law enforcement, and research and development programs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Customs and Border Protection, and the DHS Science and Technology Directorate. Before joining DHS, Mitch worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Office of Congressional and Public Affairs. He received an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and a BA from the University of California, Irvine.