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Office of Legislative, Education & Intergovernmental Affairs

The Office of Legislative, Education and Intergovernmental Affairs (OLEIA) provides strategic guidance, plans and executes the Minority Business Development Agency’s communications, public affairs, strategic alliances, education, and research initiatives.  It serves as the primary point of contact for elected officials, news media, business organizations and the general public seeking information about MBDA’s programs, policies, statistics, research, and services.  OLEIA also manages the Agency’s speaking engagements and correspondence. 

Associate Director:  Kimberly R. Marcus
Chief:  Bridget Gonzales Young
Unit Secretary:  Robin Quinn

Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations

OLEIA establishes and maintains positive relations with Members of Congress and their staffs; governors, mayors, state and local government agencies, and intergovernmental associations.  The legislative and intergovernmental team tracks and monitors legislation impacting the minority business community and provides legislative and policy analysis, as needed.

Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist:  Terry Richards

Strategic Alliances

OLEIA forms strategic alliances with chambers of commerce, business organizations, educational institutions, embassies and other entities for the purposes of promoting the growth of U.S. minority-owned firms. Activities include the hosting of stakeholder meetings, webinars, and issue forums, participation in stakeholder conferences, seminars and events, and the creation of new programs, services, and initiatives.

Strategic Alliances Outreach Specialist:  Nicholas Perkins

Strategic Alliances Outreach Specialist:  Jetheda Hernandez

Business Education and Research

Organizing educational conferences and webinars to expand the knowledge, skillset, and tools of business owners is key function of OLEIA.  In addition, this unit serves as the Agency’s primary source for producing reports, fact sheets, issue papers, and statistical analyses on minority business enterprises.

Senior Program Manager:  Ivonne Cunarro
Conference Manager:  Venice Harris

Media, Marketing, and Branding

OLEIA is responsible for the Agency’s media, marketing, and branding activities. This includes maintaining effective relationships with the media to promote the Agency’s programs, accomplishments, and priorities; production of collateral materials; and content development and management of the Agency’s website and social media sites.

Public Affairs Team Lead:  Velicia Woods
Public Affairs Specialist/Media Relations:  Alberto Betancourt
Web and Social Media Specialist:  Alicia Sowah
Public Affairs Specialist:  Patricia Tomczyszyn

Correspondence and Speaking Engagements

As the Agency’s executive secretariat, OLEIA processes all documents and correspondence directed to or issued by the Office of the National Director.  All invitations and speaking engagements are managed by OLEIA.  

Correspondence Analyst:  Pamela Cox

Did you know...

Between 2002 and 2007, minority-owned firms outpaced the growth of non-minority firms in gross receipts, employment, and number of firms. Minority firms are an engine of job creation.
Graph for MBE Growth

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