Mr. 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.
Ms. 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.
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.