SBA Appoints Senior Executives to Support Small Business and Missions; Jovita Carranza Quoted

The Small Business Administration has appointed seven senior executives to lead the administration’s programs and advocate for small businesses, SBA announced Thursday.

"These executives will ensure that small businesses retool and gain a competitive edge in the areas of access to capital, entrepreneurial development, government contracting, and international trade," said SBA administrator Jovita Carranza

William Manger has been named as chief of staff and associate administrator for the Office of Capital Access. Manger has supported the administration's emergency capital relief response to small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As associate administrator, Manger has managed a portfolio of over $120 billion and 560 employees of Office of Capital Access.

Christopher Gray will serve as  deputy chief of staff, where he will lead emergency capital relief response efforts. Gray has served with the SBA for two years, holding the positions of White House liaison and senior advisor to the administrator. 

Brittany Biles currently serves as the principal legal advisor to the administrator and other senior officials. She has been appointed as general counsel, where she will plan, direct and administer the operations of the Office of General Counsel (OGC). Biles is responsible for the interpretation and application of the Small Business Act and all related laws and regulations affecting the programs and operations of the SBA.

Keith Bluestein currently works with senior officials to develop the strategic goals for IT and electronic government (eGov) programs' use. In his new role as chief information officer (CIO), Bluestein will support SBA's efforts to provide for the small business community, support the president's initiatives and SBA's strategic plan. 

Loretta Greene will serve as associate administrator to the Office of International Trade. She currently holds the position of advisor to the Administrator on policy for international trade programs. She has provided strategic direction and works in cooperation with other federal agencies and public-private sector groups to encourage small business exports and assist small businesses seeking to export their products. 

Francis Spampinato will assume the role of associate administrator for the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development. He currently serves as an advisor to the administrator in the development of policies, operating procedures, and standards for effective implementation, administration, and promotion of SBA's programs. As associate administrator, Spampinato will oversee GCBD's integral role in the formulation of federal procurement policies that affect small businesses.

Sery Kim currently supervises broad, emerging, and critical Women's Business Center (WBC) programs to achieve OWBO and SBA goals and objectives. As assistant administrator of Women's Business Ownership for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, she will evaluate the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of WBC programs and recommend actions to improve Agency operations.

"I am proud to announce the appointment of these senior executives to play a critical role in managing and realigning the delivery of our products and services to meet the needs of America's entrepreneurs during this extraordinary time," added Carranza. 

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership.  As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations.

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