D.C. native Tracey L. Pinson

Washington, D.C., native Tracey L. Pinson, former director of the  Office of Small Business Programs in the Office of the Secretary of the Army, died Dec.14.

While Pinson led the Office of the Small Business Programs, the Army awarded over $300 billion in contracts to small businesses. She also managed the Army’s Programs serving minority institutions including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and ensured these institutions were afforded an opportunity to participate in Army-funded programs. Over $100 billion in Army awards have gone to HBCUs.

Many have paid tribute to Pinson since her death.

“Ms. Tracey L. Pinson was a friend of the Retired Officers Military Association,”  Col. Frank Francois, III (Ret.), president of the association, said in an e-mail Dec. 16. “She thought of us all as family who belonged to her inner circle of friends in her village. I personally have known Tracy for over 40 years ever since when she worked for Congressman Parren J. Mitchell in the U.S. House Committee on Small Business.”

According to a Black Engineer Magazine article published Dec. 14, William A. Brown, president of the African American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA),  said Pinson’s loss was tremendous for everyone who knew her. “She was my close friend and co-founder of the AAFEA,” Brown told the publication. “Just one month ago, she stepped down as our vice president having served in that position since our  founding in 2002. She will be greatly missed.”

Pinson worked for the federal government for 32 years, spending nearly 20 of those years as the director for the Office of Small Business Programs for the Secretary of the Army.

Memorial services for Pinson will be held at the Howard University School of Law  on Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Tracey L. Pinson Scholarship Fund at the law school.

“Black Engineer Magazine” contributed to this article