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About MBDA

The Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) mission is to promote the growth and global competitiveness of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) in order to unlock the country’s full economic potential.


  1. About
  2. Leadership
  3. Donald Smith

Donald Smith

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Donald Malcolm Smith serves as the Acting Chief Operating Officer at the Minority Business Development Agency. He previously served as a Senior Advisor to the MBDA first-ever Undersecretary. He brings more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning, budget management, policy development, and implementing workforce, entrepreneurship, and family stability economic development programs for government and non-profit organizations.

Donald has 17 years of federal experience, which includes serving as the Director for Administrative Systems and Financial Services for the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy; Director of Strategy and Performance for the National Archives and Records Administration; Director for the Office of Entrepreneurship Education and Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO), both at the US Small Business Administration (SBA). Donald most recently served as OWBO’s Acting Assistant Administrator. During his tenure with OWBO, Donald oversaw the largest expansion in SBA’s Women’s Business Center Network, implemented the highly successful Women’s Business Summit, and coordinated the development of SBA’s Equity Action Plan. He also represented SBA on the HBCU Interagency Working Group and the White House Gender Policy Council.

A proud HBCU graduate, Donald holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning from Morgan State University, where he served as faculty in the School of Architecture and Planning, and a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice (Pre-Law) from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.