Polly Hall serves as the Director for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL), and as the DHS Acquisition Innovation Advocate. In her role, Polly is instrumental in shaping the strategic direction and collaboration framework of the PIL, which is a virtual lab providing a safe space to experiment with innovative acquisition techniques across the Department of Homeland Security, designed to improve procurement processes and outcomes for the DHS mission. The work of the PIL, including coaching support and workforce training, is driving cultural change across the Federal acquisition community.
Polly joined DHS in 2010, and supported U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (now Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction), and Transportation Security Administration as an operational contracting officer prior to joining the PIL. Prior to entering government service, Polly owned a small business and served as adjunct faculty at both The George Washington University, Howard University and the City University of New York. Her research and teaching specialization were within management and public policy, focused on cooperative business relationships and stakeholder theory.
Polly earned her B.A. in Political Science at Roanoke College and her M.A.in Public Policy at the George Washington University. She holds a certificate in assessment and evaluation from the University of Maryland, College Park. In April 2016, Polly graduated from the first cohort of the Digital IT Acquisition Professional Training Program (DITAP), adding the Digital Service (DS) specialization to her FAC-C Level III certification.