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Joe Lee was appointed Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) on July 1, 2022.
As Acting Secretary of DGS, Lee oversees Pennsylvania’s state government operating agency responsible for the procurement of goods and services, the management of non-highway capital projects, the management of the Commonwealth's real estate portfolio, increasing and advancing contracting opportunities for small and small diverse businesses and the maintenance and protection of state-owned buildings and facilities.
Prior to joining DGS, Lee served at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry from 2019 to 2022, first as Special Assistant to the Secretary and then as Deputy Secretary for Administration.
Lee began his career serving as a political intelligence analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency where he also supported the production of the President’s Daily Brief as a member of the President’s Analytic Support Staff. He later joined North Highland as a management consultant where he partnered with public sector clients in modernizing HR systems, developing procurement strategies, and managing IT systems integration efforts.
Lee earned his Bachelor of Arts from the Johns Hopkins University and Master of Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
Matt Flinner joined the Department of General Services executive team as Chief of Staff in July 2022. In this role, he supports the Secretary and executive leadership team in advancing the agency's mission, implementing strategic objectives, and positioning the agency to deliver exceptional value to all its customers.
Prior to joining DGS, Matt served as Director of Transformation at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) where he launched a monthly leadership development program, repositioned the agency's brand strategy, and led the commonwealth in improvement projects. During his time at L&I, the transformation office grew 200%. Before his commonwealth employment, he led education outreach and strategic planning initiatives at the Better Business Bureau in St. Louis, Missouri. Matt has 16 years of private sector experience in sales, customer service, operations, project management, and continuous improvement.
Matt is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Business Management.
Kenneth Hess serves as the Deputy Secretary for Procurement, in this position, he oversees the goods and services procurement, supplies and surplus and the management of the commonwealth’s vehicle fleet.
He previously served with the Department of General Services the Commonwealth from 2004 to 2011 as the Director of the Bureau of Supplies and Surplus Operations. Most recently, he held supply chain leadership positions with TE Connectivity and Patton Electronics. He has more than 25 years of experience with PA firms in Logistics, Purchasing, Fleet, and Operations roles.
Hess holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from Bucknell University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University of PA and an Associate in Applied Science degree from Penn College of Technology.
Mr. Kirkland serves as the senior public official to represent and advise Governor Tom Wolf's 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.
Under his leadership, the Department of General Services (DGS) commissioned the first Commonwealth Disparity Study, purchased a state-of the art contract compliance data collection and tracking system, and implemented the Commonwealth's Small and Small Diverse Business development program.
He formally served as Associate Deputy Administrator and Regional Administrator, US Small Business Administration; Vice President, US Black Chamber of Commerce; and Executive Director, Pennsylvania Democratic Party. Mr. Kirkland is the Co-Founder of the American Contract Compliance Association, the largest membership-based contract compliance training organization in the world. He is the founder of the African American Political and Leadership Roundtable.
Mr. Kirkland served with a four-member delegation from the United States to South Africa. While there, he facilitated equity management training and provided technical advice to members of President Nelson Mandela's leadership team.
Mr. Kirkland is the recipient of numerous distinguished awards including: the W.E.B. Dubois Award for Excellence, the Parren J. Mitchell Award for Outstanding Minority Business Development Service, the Arthur A. Fletcher Vanguard Award, and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Civil Rights Award.
He holds a Master's Degree in Human Services (MHS) from Lincoln University. Mr. Kirkland is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and is an Honorably Discharged United States Air Force (Viet Nam) Veteran.
Beth Christian serves as the Acting Deputy Secretary for Administration. In this capacity, she oversees human resources, budget and insurance management, information technology, print and media services, and real estate transactions for the Commonwealth. Beth's focus centers on creating an amazing experience for our employees and customers.
Most recently, Beth served the Department of General Services from April 2011 – December 2021 as Director of the Bureau of Real Estate where she oversaw property sales and acquisitions, leasing, and space design and management for the Commonwealth. She incorporated her 25+ years of boots-on-the-ground experience in administration, contracting and real estate with her vision to create a world-class real estate service organization. She previously served in various leadership roles in the Department of Human Services and began her Commonwealth career in the Department of Labor and Industry.
Beth is a member of the National Association for State Facility Administrators, currently serving on the Board of Directors; is an alumna of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Leadership Development Institute; and shares her passion for public service as a mentor in the Commonwealth's Mentor-Mentee program.
Jason Snyder serves as the Acting Deputy Secretary for Property and Asset Management. In this position, he oversees property administration, police & safety, facilities & maintenance management, energy &resource management, and energy sustainability initiatives for the commonwealth.
With more than 17 years of state government service, all with DGS, Snyder most recently worked as the director of the Bureau of Facilities Management where he oversaw the area of the agency responsible for maintenance projects; custodial, grounds and the various trade operations in the Capitol Complex, state office buildings in Reading and Scranton, and the Executive residence. Snyder has held a number of positions throughout his career since he stared in the Carpenter Shop.
Shawn Smith serves as the Chief Counsel for the Department of General Services. In this position, he provides advice, counsel, and expertise on complex and sensitive department legal matters to senior executive officials and the Office of General Counsel. He oversees a staff of attorneys and support staff who cover the department’s legal needs in procurement, real estate, non-highway construction projects, Capitol Police, facilities & maintenance, and litigation for the department. In addition, the office covers government operations and human resources issues.
Smith has more than 21 years of legal experience with 17 of those years with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Having most recently served as the Deputy Chief Counsel, Governor's Office of General Counsel, Department of General Services since 2016, and also as the department's Policy Director since 2020.
Smith has served as both Executive General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel in the Governor's Office of General Counsel, where he oversaw all areas of contracting, grants, procurement and regulations for the 36 executive agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction and the 500 attorneys of the Office of General Counsel. In addition, he served as the Assistant Counsel/Prosecuting Attorney for the Governor's Office of General Counsel, Department of State.
Smith holds Bachelor of Art degrees in History and Legal Studies with a minor in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his Juris Doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.
Claire Osborne serves as the department's Director of Business Transformation. In this role, Osborne leads the agency's efforts to apply the Healthy Government Framework, change management principles, and lean thinking and tools to its daily operations. A key function of this office is conducting the annual survey, organizing and interpreting the responses and analyze that information to gauge the performance of the agency and develop strategic focus areas to be addressed.
Prior to becoming the Director of Business Transformation, Osborne served as the chief of the DGS Bureau of Publications, Administration and Customer Service Division from 2018 to 2021, where she oversaw the Bureau's fiscal activity including budgeting, forecasting and reporting as well as the Administrative activity including procurement, customer service and marketing to ensure the health of the Bureau enabling them to deliver quality print, mail and design while serving as a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars. Osborne also served in the COSTARS program as a program manager and marketing manager. Her career began with the commonwealth with the PA Department of Revenue where she was a Lottery Drawing Official/Clerk Typist 3.
Osborne studied at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA and is a graduate of the PA Office of Administration's Leadership Development Institute in 2019 and emerging Leader Program in 2016.
Troy Thompson serves as the Press Secretary. In this position, he delivers information related to leases and land transactions, statewide contracts and bid procurements, the vehicle fleet, public works projects, matters involving all state-owned buildings and facilities, energy conservation and management initiatives, and matters involving the Pennsylvania State Capitol Police, among others.
Troy has worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the past 19 years and served in various press office roles at the departments of Health, Aging and Labor & Industry. Prior to joining DGS, he was Press Secretary at the Department of Labor & Industry.
Troy is a graduate of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Mass Communications. He also received his MBA from the Pennsylvania State University Capitol Campus.