Kerry L. Kirkland
Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion & Small Business Opportunities
Kerry L. Kirkland serves as Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion & Small Business Opportunities. In this position, he serves as the senior public official to represent and advise the administration and the department on all matters related to the development of statewide policies and programs to substantially increase the participation of small diverse businesses (SDBs) and small businesses (SBs) in commonwealth contracting and in Pennsylvania’s overall economy.
He is the former President/CEO of Kirkland Consulting, a Management and Training firm that specialized in Contract Compliance and Minority Business Enterprise policy and program development. Kirkland served as the Vice President of the National Black Chamber of Commerce where he provided technical assistance and advice to Minority Owned Businesses throughout the nation. He is also the Co-Founder of the American Contract Compliance Association, the largest Contract Compliance training organization in the world.
Kirkland also served with the United States Small Business Administration as Associate Deputy Administrator assisting small businesses in securing approximately $43 billion of the $200 billion awarded in government contracts each year; and Regional Administrator for the Mid-Atlantic Region ¬– Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia –where he managed the region’s 11 offices with 198 permanent employees and a loan portfolio of nearly 13,000 loans totaling more than $1.5 billion.
Kirkland received his Master of Human Services degree from Lincoln University, Chester County, PA in 1982. He has the following American Contract Compliance Association Certifications: Certified Compliance Administrator from Boston University in 1989; and Master Compliance Administrator from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1991.