Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
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David Hayden, DANC Government Relations Chair 
Defense Alliance of North Carolina 


The Defense Alliance of North Carolina (DANC) encourages your participation to learn more about OLDCC and NCDIDI.

Join us Wednesday, January 26 at 10:00am for briefs provided by

Liz Chimienti, OLDCC Program Manager


Michael Mullins, NCDIDI Director.

  The Defense Spending by State report will be reviewed specific to North Carolina.


Presenter BIOs:

Liz Chimienti is the Program Activity Lead for Diversification and Realignment. In this role, she works with state and local government officials to respond to the anticipated or actual impacts of DoD decisions on communities, workers, and businesses.  She also maintains and analyzes Base Realignment and Closure property disposal data and compiles “lessons learned” from base redevelopment communities for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Since 2015, she has coordinated the development of the Defense Spending by State report and other technical assistance products for OLDCC customers. Liz has worked with applicants in over a dozen states to develop programs of assistance for communities responding to base closure, or reductions in Defense personnel or procurement. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, holds a Master of City Planning degree from MIT, and is an alumna of the 2010 Presidential Management Fellowship.

Michael Mullins is the Director of the North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative (NCDIDI) at Industry Expansion Solutions (IES), NC State University.  Michael is a former Marine Infantryman and Retired Army Officer.  He has extensive experience executing and managing Department of Defense training contracts in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Southeast Asia.  Michael has worked closely with the Department of State, various foreign ministries, non-governmental organizations, the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.  Additionally, he served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University.  Michael has a comprehensive understanding of the processes and procedures North Carolina businesses face in the acquisition and execution of U.S. government contracts. In Fayetteville, he served as an International Operations Program Manager with General Dynamics Information Technology, Project Manager of foreign military training programs with American Systems Corporation and Operations Manager with a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).  Michael has a B.S. in Political Science and an M.S. in International Relations. 




The Defense Alliance of North Carolina (DANC) Goverment Relations Purpose:

  1. Assist the Executive Director and Senior Director in reviewing issues related to the Defense Alliance of North Carolina (DANC) and provide advice and recommendations to the DANC Executive Board and Management Council regarding same.
  2. Monitor State and Federal legislative agendas to identify legislation that is relevant to the DANC membership; provide recommendations, if appropriate, to the DANC Executive board and Management Council on policy positions.
  3. Develop strategies to educate DANC members on relevant government related issues
  4. Develop strategies to educate and communicate with legislators, organizations and other relevant parties regarding the Defense Alliance of North Carolina (DANC) and our position on any particular legislative issue as directed by the DANC Executive Board and Management Council
  5. Identify statewide and national associations with similar interests and provide recommendations and advice to the DANC Executive board and Management Council concerning opportunities to align organizations to strengthen advocacy on key issues.

DANC Government Relations Leaders:

David Hayden, DANC Government Relations Chair, Smith Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, L.L.P. https://www.smithlaw.com/professionals-David-Hayden

Joe Angell, DANC Government Relations Co-Chair, Wiley Wilson https://www.wileywilson.com/


The Defense Alliance of North Carolina (DANC) is mission focused on growing North Carolina's defense economy in a way that creates new long-term investment opportunities. 

Our vision is to improve the economy of North Carolina by leading high-impact strategic growth initiatives, provide information and networking opportunities to NC entities with defense sector interests, and positioning key organizations and senior leaders to assist in the expansion of defense-related business opportunities throughout the state.