CAS Alumna Takes on Texas Program Director Position

MSU Communication Arts and Sciences alumna Danita Mack Caldwell has recently accepted a position as the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program Director for the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC).

According to the TFC website, Caldwell provides direction on opportunities for HUBs to participate in the competitive procurement process. She ensures that small businesses are treated fairly and are able to compete and be selected for a fair amount of the agency's contracting and subcontracting dollars.

This is a huge step in my career and I credit Michigan State University for preparing me for this role with my educational background, said Caldwell, speaking of her position. As an African American woman I have run into various barriers along the way, but have prevailed through it all.

Caldwell received her Bachelor's degree in Communication with an emphasis in organization, as well as a specialization in Public Relations in May 2002. Caldwell says her career has been on a roller coaster ride ever since she worked as an intern for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington D.C. She was assigned to the office of Congressman Carolyn Cheeks Kirkpatrick as a legislative aid. Following graduation, Caldwell worked in the Constituent Communication Division for the Office of Governor Rick Perry in Austin, Texas.

Since then, Caldwell worked as the Business Development Manager and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Officer for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin. She oversaw Contract Compliance, HUB, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Small Business Enterprise, Title VI and Environmental Justice Programs for the transit authority. In addition to these programs, Caldwell developed and managed retail sales outlet partnerships, online bus pass sales and business-to-business partnerships to increase revenue and ridership.

Congratulations Danita, we wish you well in all of your endeavors!

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