Acquisitions Branch Chief
CA Department of General Services
Eric Mandell is the Chief of Acquisitions at the California Department of General Services (DGS). In this capacity, he oversees all facets of leveraged procurements on behalf of all state departments, including all “non-reportable Information Technology buys. Prior to June 1, 2013, Eric was the Chief of California’s Office of Small and Disabled Veterans Services and Communications and Outreach located at DGS. He served as the Acting Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Advocate at the Governor’ Office of Business and Economic Development in 2011 and 2012. Eric and his staff worked to make certain that small and DVBE businesses get access to their share of nearly $10 billion a year in state awarded contracts.
Eric has over 30 years in the fields of marketing, communications, advertising, and the media. He has created award winning marketing efforts and campaigns for California’s Breast Cancer Awareness, Enterprise Zones, Military Base Reuse, and Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank programs, as well as Sacramento WORKS for Sacramento County.
Eric is a graduate of UC Davis and has done coursework at the London School of Economics and graduate work at CSU Sacramento. He has worked in on air and in management positions in radio and television and also owned his own small business, ECM Communications.