On January 21, 2017, Edith Jett McCloud was designated as Acting National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). In this capacity, Ms. McCloud directs the Department's minority business development initiatives and assists the Secretary of Commerce in implementing new strategies to better serve the minority business community.
Prior to this appointment, on September 27, 1999, Ms. McCloud became the first career Senior Executive Service manager to serve at MBDA in over 10 years. In her position as Associate Director for Management, Ms. McCloud serves as the principal advisor to the MBDA Director and Deputy Director on management policy and practices and as liaison and coordinator of the various administrative functions of the Agency. The programs and activities under her control have a major impact on the overall operations of the Agency and its mission of fostering the growth and development of the Nation's minority-owned businesses.
Ms. McCloud brings to her position an extensive background in management policy coordination, program planning and evaluation, management analysis and review, budget and fiscal management and information resources management. She is responsible for developing the requirements for MBDA and for compliance under the Government Performance and Results Act; the Chief Financial Officers Act; the Information Technology Management Reform Act; the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act and the Freedom of Information Act.