Christopher A. Garcia was appointed by President Donald J. Trump as the National Deputy Director and presently serves as the Acting National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency. In this capacity, Director Garcia is the chief advocate on minority business policy and serves as principal advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross. He is the Administration's lead authority on minority business, where he ensures that America's more than 8 million minority-owned firms are positioned for growth and global competitiveness.
Before joining MBDA, Garcia worked for a private family office, and helped expand the investment banking division of Niagara International Capital Ltd.. He was the founder and CEO of Advantage Line Global (ALG), a multimillion-dollar technology startup, and was a co-founder of TapEx, a mobile shipping, delivery, and logistics platform for businesses and individuals. Garcia was also the former managing principal of Chris Garcia & Associates, a U.S.-based consulting firm specializing in international markets, M&A advisory, political strategy, and government affairs.
Mr. Garcia lends his expertise as an entrepreneur and investment banker to the global business community. In 2014 he was selected as the youngest person to represent the United States as a delegate in the State Department's Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP). In this role, he was invited to speak at global entrepreneurship summits in Greece, Kenya and Silicon Valley. He has also spoken at international conferences in Germany and Poland.
A graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, Mr. Garcia earned his B.A. in Economics as a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar.
Dijon Rolle, Press Secretary