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  • Submitted on 14 March 2017

    Nakita ChambersNakita Chambers serves as the Supervisory Program Manager in the Office of Business Development.  In her role she leads a team program analysts and oversees $13.8M in grants and cooperative agreements.  As the senior program manager for grants, Mrs. Chambers develops the program solicitations, leads the review and evaluation of grant applications, and oversees the financial management of federal funding awarded.

  • Submitted on 14 March 2017

    Velicia D. WoodsVelicia D. Woods joined the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) in September 2005.  She currently serves as the Public Affairs Supervisor responsible for fostering public knowledge of the Agency’s programs, services, and accomplishments across all digital platforms, press/media, and public engagements. Ms. Woods is a highly skilled communication specialist with more than 13 years of experience in the field of internal and external communication strategy with an extensive background in advocacy, marketing, and relationship management.

  • Submitted on 14 March 2017

    Roberto LopezMr. Lopez joined MBDA in 2008 and currently leads the Office of Administrative and Employee Support Services which supports all aspects of administration for the Agency including oversight of all personnel related activities including recruitment, retention, position management, human capital initiatives, training and development, performance management and awards programs, space and facilities management, property management, telework, Continuity of Operations Planning and travel policy.  Additionally, his office is the liaison with the servicing HR office and IT services.

  • Submitted on 29 November 2016

    Demetria A. Gallagher Demetria Gallaher served as the Special Advisor to the MBDA National Director to advance the Agency’s operational excellence agenda from 2010 to January 20, 2017

    For more than five years, she assisted senior leadership with high-level strategic planning, evaluated managerial milestones and supervised the day-to-day operations of the National Director’s Office.  This also included helping the executive management team evaluate the performance of MBDA’s $13M grant program which operates a network of 40+ businesses centers nationwide.

  • Submitted on 29 June 2016

    Isaac McCoyWilliam Isaac McCoy was appointed by President Obama as the Senior Advisor for Business Development at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA); he served in that role until January 20, 2017.

  • Submitted on 02 June 2016

    Van FreemanVan Freeman served as the senior advisor to the national director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), U.S. Department of Commerce until January 20, 2017. Mr. Freeman assisted senior management with Agency operations; and handled access to capital, markets, and, innovation for the MBDA Business Center network. Mr. Freeman also facilitated the Agency’s strategic partnerships and spearheaded Congressional and local government outreach. President Obama appointed Van Freeman to serve as a Department of Commerce deputy director in  2013, before transitioning in to his new role MBDA.

  • Submitted on 09 December 2015

    Justin G. Tanner

    Justin G. Tanner served as the Associate Director for Legislative, Education & Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency from December 2015  to January 20, 2017.

    He was appointed by President Obama as the Associate Director for Legislative, Education & Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) in 2015.

  • Submitted on 13 July 2015

    Efrain Gonzalez, Jr.

  • Submitted on 17 September 2014

    Albert K. ShenAlbert K. Shen served as the National Deputy Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) from August 1, 2014 to January 20, 2017.

  • Submitted on 06 November 2013

    Joann Johnson HillMs. Joann J. Hill, a native of Columbia, South Carolina is the Chief of the Office of Business Development for the United States Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).  Ms. Hill has served at MBDA for fifteen years and in her current capacity has oversight of the Office of Business Development. She also serves as the lead federal program officer for the nationwide network of more than 40 Business Centers that generate $6 billion in performance goals annually.

    She is responsible for the creation and implementation of strategies for business development in the areas of access to capital, access to contracts, access to emerging domestic and international markets and global supply chains. Additionally, Ms. Hill facilitates stakeholder collaboration with chambers of commerce and trade associations. She engages in international business initiatives both domestically and abroad, designed to promote business to business linkages.  

    Ms. Hill has served as Conference Director for the National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Conference, the Nation’s largest federally sponsored conference on minority business enterprise. This Conference is held annually in Washington, D.C.

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