Jennifer Wright, TAPS Public Transit’s Procurement Officer, has earned her Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) credential issued by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC). She joined TAPS in August 2011.
The CPPO certification was established in 1964, and since that time only 2,439 procurement professionals have earned the important designation. Public procurement professionals at the federal, state and local levels are responsible for the expenditure of more than $4.85 trillion in public funds, or 38.5 percent of the United States Gross Domestic Product.
Teresa Foster, TAPS Chief Financial Officer, said the certification is important in assuring that public tax dollars are properly spent, and that all vendors and suppliers bidding on products and services are treated fairly.
“Earning the CPPO designation and the learning behind that certification, means Jennifer Wright has attained a high level of professionalism in purchasing on behalf of the taxpayer and other stakeholders,” said Foster.
Tim Patton, TAPS Chief Operating Officer, said offering continuing education to TAPS personnel is an investment that pays off. “When we elevate the professional standards of our employees, we add to the value of our agency. Jennifer’s designation as a Certified Public Procurement Professional, goes a long way in ensuring trust and credibility in the public procurement process,” said Patton.
Wright is a graduate of Texas A&M Commerce with a BA and has an Associates in accounting from Grayson College. She is married and has three children.