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  • 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.

  • Submitted on 18 October 2012

    Ronald MarinMr. Ronald Marin serves as the MBDA Chief Financial Officer, where he leads the Office of Financial Management, Performance, and Program Evaluation.  Mr. Marin joined MBDA in April of 2004 and he reports to the Associate Director for Management.

    Mr. Marin’s work experience includes various positions within the Department of Commerce, Office of the Secretary, Office of Budget where he was responsible for budget formulation reviews of various bureaus including Census, ITA, and MBDA. Mr. Marin was also responsible for the implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act across the Department for all bureaus while integrating budgeting with performance planning and reporting.

  • Submitted on 05 October 2012

    Bridget Gonzales

  • Submitted on 10 February 2012

    Josephine ArnoldMs. Josephine Arnold serves as the Chief Counsel for the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) within the United States Department of Commerce.  The Chief Counsel for the MBDA provides legal and policy advice to the MBDA National Director, and to the Agency’s headquarters and five regional offices, covering all aspects of MBDA's operations and programs.  MBDA functions as a primary operating bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is authorized by Executive Order 11625.  MBDA’s mission is to foster the establishment, growth and global competitiveness of the nation’s minority business enterprises (MBEs).

    Prior to joining the MBDA as Chief Counsel, Ms. Arnold served as a Senior Attorney with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) located in the U.S. Department of Commerce for 11 years.  At NTIA, she was the lead attorney on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and State Broadband Data Development grant programs established under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009; she provided advice and counsel, prepared documents, and reviewed awards, and assisted with aspects of administering the programs.  As counsel for the BTOP grants, she assisted NTIA’s Minority Telecommunications Development Program in obtaining revised Small Business Administration size standards for minority applicants.


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