Purdy, Mike

Mr. Mike Purdy
PO Box 46181
Seattle, WA 98146

(206) 295-1464


With more than 40 years of experience, Mike Purdy is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on public procurement and contracting issues. Mike worked for the City of Seattle for more than two decades where he administered the city's construction and consultant contracts as the city's Contracting Manager. He then spent five years at the Seattle Housing Authority where he served as Contracting and Procurement Manager, overseeing all of the contracting and purchasing (construction, design consultants, other consultants, service providers, goods and supplies) for the largest residential landlord in Washington state. In 2005, he was appointed as the Contracts Manager for the University of Washington's Capital Projects Office where he was responsible for managing design and construction contracts for more than $1 billion worth of projects at the University Since his retirement in 2010, Mike has worked as a self-employed consultant through his firm, Michael E. Purdy Associates, LLC, providing strategic assistance to government agencies in managing the complexities of public contracting. Mike is a sought-after speaker and has provided well-received and relevant training across the country. He also maintained for a number of years a popular Public Contracting Blog at http://PublicContracting.blogspot.com, designed to keep public agencies, contractors, and consultants up-to-date on key developments in public procurement and contracting. Mike is also a nationally and internationally recognized presidential historian and has been interviewed and quoted by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Associated Press, BBC, and many others. He is the founder of PresidentialHistory.com and the author of 101 Presidential Insults: What They Really Thought About Each Other and What It Means to Us." Mike has a bachelor's degree in business and public administration and an MBA, both from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA), and a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA). Mike is also On the Faculty of: Best Practices in Developing Public Construction Bid Documents; Tools for Ensuring Contractor Performance on Public Construction Projects; When Bad Things Happen to Bids: Strategies for Ensuring a Successful Public Construction Project