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  • Submitted on 17 September 2014

    Albert K. ShenMr. Albert K. Shen has recently been appointed to serve as National Deputy Director of the Minority Business Development Agency, (MBDA.)  In this role, Mr. Shen serves as the principal advisor to the MBDA National Director and will assist in managing the day-to-day activities of the Agency.

    Prior to his appointment with MBDA, Mr. Shen was a small business owner and respected community advocate whose leadership has made a big impact on some of the Northwest’s largest and most critical infrastructure and environmental clean-up projects.

  • 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 more than a decade 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 $4 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 Financial Management 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

    Candace ShiverCandace C. Shiver was appointed in 2012 to serve as Special Advisor to the National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) within the United States Department of Commerce.  In this capacity, Mrs. Shiver provides advice to the National Director on advancing MBDA’s operations and programs through its nationwide network of 40 Minority Business Centers.  Mrs. Shiver also manages MBDA’s corporate relations from the National Director’s Office, assists on matters of domestic and global affairs, represents MBDA in various interagency collaborations, and engages in business and community outreach.  She helps to develop policy initiatives and strategic partnerships aimed at creating and retaining jobs and supporting the growth of minority-owned businesses through greater access to contracts, capital, and new markets.

  • Submitted on 05 October 2012

    Bridget Gonzales

  • Submitted on 30 July 2012

    Kimberly Marcus

    Mrs. Kimberly Marcus was appointed in July 2012 to serve as Associate Director for the Office of Legislative, Education & Intergovernmental Affairs (OLEIA) at the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). In this capacity, she leads all Agency efforts in the areas of communications, public affairs, external relationships, outreach, research, and policy development. She also oversees the Agency's relationships with elected officials, as well as its advocacy and outreach strategies. Mrs. Marcus focuses primarily on stakeholder outreach, with an emphasis on global business development. Fortune 500 stakeholders, both domestic and international, are key to her outreach methodology.

    Mrs. Marcus comes to MBDA with over 15 years of combined experience in both the corporate and non-profit worlds, having concentrated in the areas of public policy and corporate, community, and media relations. She also brings outstanding capabilities in the areas of strategic planning, economic and business development, fundraising, and corporate philanthropy. Mrs. Marcus has been responsible for building new territories, managing projects, and increasing profits and revenues through creative marketing initiatives. A special emphasis on diversity and inclusiveness is the hallmark of Mrs. Marcus’s professional life.

  • 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.

  • Submitted on 20 July 2010

    Alejandra Castillo

  • Submitted on 20 July 2010

    Edith McCloudOn 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. 

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MBDA Minority Business Centers helped clients obtain capital totaling $4.76 billion during the last 5 fiscal years.
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