Director & City Chief Procurement Officer at City of New York Mayor’s Office of Contract Services
Michael Owh was appointed as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) and city chief procurement officer by Mayor de Blasio in March 2016. Responsible for the policy and compliance monitoring of more than $13.8 billion in procurements, MOCS works with City agencies, vendors and community-based organizations to ensure that the contracting process is fair, efficient, transparent and cost-effective for the City. Michael has been with MOCS since 2014, serving as First Deputy Director and Special Counsel. In these roles, he supported the procurement process for City agencies and the growth of initiatives such as the City’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program and the Citywide Procurement Innovation (CPI) project.
Prior to MOCS, Michael was the General Counsel at the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, where he oversaw the contract award process for 280 afterschool programs. He also served as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Small Business Services and helped implement programs such as the Workforce1 Career Centers and NYC Business Solutions Centers, which help foster the City’s small businesses by offering business owners financial assistance, legal advice and more.
Michael received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and his J.D. from the St. John’s University School of Law.