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Darin Matthews, FNIGP, CPPO, CPSM, NIGP-CPP

Chief Procurement Officer, Cal Poly University
Darin is chief procurement officer for Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, where he brings over 25 years of procurement experience. He is past president of NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement, and a recipient of their lifetime achievement award. Darin is the author of several books and articles on procurement and speaks throughout the world on leading procurement practices. He is also a columnist for the NAEP Educational Procurement Journal, focusing on sustainable procurement. In 2020 and 2021, he served as host of the podcast, The Evolution of Procurement. Darin has served as a faculty member for many leading institutions, including Portland Community College, Florida Atlantic University, and Cal Berkeley. Darin holds a bachelor’s degree in Business & Political Science, and master’s degrees in Acquisition Management and Educational Technology, but his academic journey began many years ago as a struggling student at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA.