Michael Eric Wooten is vice president for strategic direction at National Industries for the Blind (NIB), where he provides thought leadership and promotes strategies in direct support of NIB’s Chief Executive Officer. Before his April 2021 appointment, Dr. Wooten served as the 15th Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from August 2019 until January 2021. As Administrator, Dr. Wooten oversaw all U.S. federal procurement regulations, federal procurement data systems, and the acquisition workforce for the federal government enterprise, which manages over $3 trillion in total contract value.
Prior to serving as U.S. chief acquisition officer, Dr. Wooten is a national leader in workforce development. He served at the U.S. Department of Education as Acting Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education and as a senior advisor within the Office of Federal Student Aid immediately prior to his appointment to OMB. Earlier, he served as the deputy chief procurement officer for the District of Columbia government and professor of contract management at the Defense Acquisition University.
Dr. Wooten has significant board experience in the education and workforce development sectors, including serving as an interim board member for Prince William County Public Schools and serving seven years on the Northern Virginia Community College Board including serving as chairman of the board from 2014 to 2016.
Dr. Wooten retired from the U.S. Marine Corps at the rank of Major after 20 years of service in the officer and enlisted ranks. He holds a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science degree in contract management from the Naval Postgraduate School, master of arts degrees from The George Washington University and Norwich University, and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Chapman University.