Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Director, Center for Verification and Evaluation
A. Michelle Gardner-Ince
A. Michelle Gardner-Ince serves as the Director, Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE), a directorate under the Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She assumed this postion in December 2011 and is responsible for verification of Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Veteran Owned Small Businesses to compete for VA contracting opportunities under the Veteran’s First set-aside acquisition program. Ms. Gardner-Ince works closely with the OSDBU Executive Director to promote business expansion for Veterans and service-connected disabled Veterans to increase participation in the federal marketplace.
A. Michelle Gardner-Ince assignment to this position followed a 27-year career in the U.S. Air Force, where she retired at the rank of Colonel. She graduated the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) via a scholarship at Tuskegee Institute, and began her military career in 1982 when she was commissioned by her father, Army Colonel Arthur R. Gardner. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Design and Business from Tuskegee, and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University.
While on active duty she held numerous demanding leadership positions to include Deputy Director of the Management Directorate, Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA). Commander of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), Pacific Region where she commanded a $1.8 billion retail, food and services business that employed 7,300 associates who provided goods and services to over 350,000 patrons. Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Loaned Executive (LE) an Ambassador for several DoD CFC agencies totaling over $1.6 million. In this position she was responsible for enabling and coaching those agencies in accomplishing their 2007 Combined Federal Campaign goal, contributing to DoD’s National Capital Region $15 million dollar CFC goal. She won the DoD CFC Moreland Loaned Executive Award for exceeding the $1.6 million dollar goal.