Don Mansfield is a Professor of Contract Management at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), West Region. He led the development of FAR Fundamentals (CON 090) and served as the course manager for four years. Besides teaching CON 090, Don also teaches Small Business Programs (CON 260), Source Selection and Administration of Service Contracts (CON 280), and Crucial Conversations. Prior to coming to DAU in December 2005, Don was the Head of the Procurement Division and Deputy for Small Business at the U.S. Navy Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC).
Don began his career in 1995 as a contracting intern for the Department of the Navy, where he was assigned to the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) San Diego. After completing a three-year internship at FISC, Don began a one-year stint at the Office of Naval Research, where he worked as a contract and grants administrator. He then moved to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) San Diego, where he became a contracting and grants officer.
Don maintains a blog at the Where in Federal Contracting? Web site and has contributed articles to the Nash and Cibinic Report. Don is a native of New York. He earned his B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1994 and his M.B.A. from the University of San Diego in 2001. He is DAWIA certified in Contracting (Level III) and is a member of the DoD Acquisition Professional Community.