Director of Procurement & Support Services at California State University (CSU) East Bay
Jon was born and grew up in New York City - Manhattan Upon graduation from High School, Jon enrolled at Arizona State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Upon graduation from ASU, Jon enrolled at Tulane University in its MBA program. After receiving his MBA from Tulane, Jon went back to New York where he worked for two years in procurement for the General Services Administration (Federal Government). After two years with GSA Jon moved back to Arizona and continued his work in the procurement arena, working initially for Maricopa County, as a Contract Specialist in a newly formed Service Contracts unit. His next opportunity was as Purchasing Manager at Arizona State University, his alma mater. Jon served nearly 10 years in this role while concurrently serving as the on-campus Lab Stores Manager, catering to the needs of the physical and life sciences, College of Engineering, and the needs of researchers at ASU, which is designated as Carnegie Foundation Research 1 University.
His next position was Chief Procurement Officer for the Arizona Department of Health Services, serving the needs of the department’s multiple offices and laboratories in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff and overseeing a staff of 22 individuals. Jon was then named Chief procurement Officer at Valley Metro, the public transit agency serving Maricopa County and located in Phoenix. After about 8 years at Valley Metro, Jon was offered the opportunity to become Director of Procurement and Material Management at Alameda - Contra Costa Transit District in Oakland, CA where he was responsible for all procurement and public works projects for the District that included four bus yards (garages), a Central Maintenance Facility, and an 8 story office building in downtown Oakland.
After retiring from AC Transit after five years, Jon became the Director of Procurement & Support Services at California State University (CSU) East Bay in Hayward, CA, one of the 23 CSU campuses, and the largest public university system in the United States. Jon oversees a staff of 12 individuals. In addition to his campus responsibilities, Jon has system responsibilities for system wide professional development, recruitment, retention, and recognition of staff accomplishments and achievements
Jon has spent his entire professional career in public procurement He achieved his CPPB designation in 1988, and earned his CPPO certification in 1996. Jon earned his C.P.M. designation in 1989. Jon served as President of the Arizona State Capitol Chapter of NIGP in 1996, and also served as Vice President and Treasurer of that chapter prior to his term as President.
Jon is married to Marla Medwin. They have four children, Melissa, Daniel (and his wife Rachel), Logan, and Jayden