Sherry Freeman

Learning Director

Defense Acquisition University

Sherry Freeman is a Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Learning Director/Professor, Small Business. In this capacity she is responsible for managing and facilitating the instruction of the small business level II and III learning assets for the Department of Defenses' (DoD) acquisition workforce. Prior to joining DAU, she was an Associate Director, in the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). In this capacity she served as the Co-chair for managing the Rapid Innovation Program (Fund), and the small business curriculum development lead subject matter expert. Prior to joining the DoD OSBP Sherry was the Director, Office of Small Business Programs for Washington Headquarters Services, a DoD field activity. Previously, she was a Programs Director in the Secretary of the Air Forces' Office of Small Business Programs with primary responsibility for managing the Women-Owned Small Business and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUB Zone) Programs, and the Director, Office of Small Business Programs for the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center. Sherry began her federal career in Contracting in 1976 as a cooperative education student. With nearly 38 years as a civil servant in contracting and small business, she's procured everything from a pencil to a weapon system to include spending 13 years procuring numerous technologies through the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Programs. She's held the positions of Director of Acquisitions, Contract Negotiator, Contract Specialist, Contract Administrator, and Contracting Officer. She is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) level III certified in Contracting, has a master's in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and received her bachelor's in Business Management from Florida State University.