PROFESSIONAL BIO

Anna Urman is the Director of the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program (Virginia PTAP).  PTAP’s mission is to increase contracting activity between small businesses, prime government contractors and the federal and state government agencies.  PTAP offers training and counseling on a variety of procurement topics at our offices in Fairfax, Charlottesville, Richmond, and Williamsburg.  As Director, Anna’s responsibilities are to maintain strategic relationships with government agencies, small business liaisons, and a variety of public-private partnerships.

 

Prior to joining PTAP, Anna was the Director of the South Fairfax Small Business Development Center, where she was responsible for training and counseling businesses on all aspects of planning and management, from start-up to successful growth.  Anna’s clients have opened up retail locations, won federal and state contracts, and have been recognized by the VA SBDC Network as success stories.

 

Anna is also the President of Tactical Insight, LLC, a boutique consulting practice specializing in procurement policy analysis for select national and international corporations. The insight gained through Anna’s research enables her clients to anticipate and stay abreast of regulatory and legislative changes that affect the government contractor community.  Anna has extensive primary research experience, having written several white papers, conducted substantive interviews with technology leaders and buyers, as well as crafting demographic survey documents, performing statistical analysis, and producing substantive reports detailing the results of demographic polling efforts.  

 

Anna has received a BA in Political Science and Rhetorics/Communications from Hofstra University.  She holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, and has performed post-graduate work in Government Contracts Law and Intellectual Property Law at George Washington University Law School.  Anna is a member of the Leadership Fairfax (LFI) Class of 2014, and the Jennifer Byler Institute Class of 2015.

Personal Story

If you have ever heard me speak, you may have noticed that I have an accent.  It's Russian.

 

I am an immigrant.  I was born in Belarus, like my parents and my grandparents.  My family is Jewish and my parents, both musicians, had difficulty finding a job, an apartment. They worried that their children would face obstacles at every point in their lives; through college, getting a job, and trying to earn a living.  Before I started elementary school, we moved to Lithuania.    As the USSR was collapsing in the late 1980s, the republics were galvanizing their own nationalist prideand, increasingly, we found ourselves disenfranchised and unwanted.

 

In November of 1988 my parents, my grandparents, my brother (9) and I (11) fled the Soviet Union \.   I remember boarding a train in the evening, along with several other families, for what seemed to me at the time like a great adventure. We stayed with relatives in Brooklyn, NY, until my father found a job, then moved to our own 1-bedroom apartment.  My dad started a business, Amadeus Piano Co., Inc., and we moved to the suburbs, epitome of the American Dream.

 

I applied for my citizenship as soon as I was able, at the age of 18; and was sworn in when I was 21. I am very proud of my vow to be an active participant in the country that took us in when we did not have a place to call home, – and I look forward to giving back.

EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Sustainable Chemistry

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2023 - 2023

University of Providence

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Small-Molecule Solar Cells

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Metal Free Hydrogen Activation

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The Chemistry of Energy Conversion

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2023 - 2023

Eastern Delta University

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2023 - 2023

Gaithersville University

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