Lourdes (María de Lourdes) Coss, MPA, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
Lourdes (María de Lourdes) Coss, MPA, NIGP-CPP, CPPO - is a transformational leader and the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques.” Following a successful public procurement career, she founded M. L. Coss and Associates, LLC, and continues to add value to the profession. Today she is a Consultant, Speaker, Executive Coach, and Trainer. Lourdes is also a certified Personality Consultant, Licensed Brain Trainer, and Neuro-Encoding Specialist. She is an active member of NIGP, the chair of the NIGP Talent Council Leadership Committee, a NIGP instructor, and a senior consultant.
As a former Chief Procurement Officer, Lourdes invested most of her 27-year career successfully leading procurement transformations at some of the largest agencies in the U.S., including the City of Houston, Cook County, City of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Public Building Commission. In addition to developing high-performing teams, Lourdes has left a legacy of innovation, automation, legislative action, and administrative & financial policies in each of these agencies. Most of the policies implemented have survived the test of time and remain in place today.
Lourdes graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University. She’s a former NIGP Board member, the recipient of the 2016 Spirit of NIGP Award and the 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. She’s a certified member of the Maxwell Leadership Team and serves on its President’s Advisory Council. Thinkers360 recognized Lourdes as one of the top 100 Women Thought Leaders to Follow and among the 50 Top Procurement Influencers and Thought Leaders.
Podcast: “Transforming Procurement with Lourdes Coss”
Blog: “Procurement Transformation”