Statement by Administrator Guzman applauding the President

Washington, December 6, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Today, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman issued the following statement, welcoming the appointment of several key people from the Biden-Harris administration to the SBA, including the leadership of the Bureau of Native American Affairs and the Bureau of International Trade. This seasoned collection of talented leaders will join previously named persons and thousands of career SBA officials working tirelessly to equitably provide economic assistance to U.S. small businesses, innovative startups and disaster-affected communities and execute Administrator Guzman’s priorities as the agency reinvents itself and to better support entrepreneurs at all stages of their life cycle in a post-COVID world.

“The SBA’s greatest asset is our people, and these new additions to our leadership team will be no exception as they help us further develop our ability to connect America’s 32.5 million small businesses with investments and opportunities. they need to start, grow and be resilient, ” Director Guzman noted. “Gabriel, Jackson, Therese and Olivia join an amazing SBA team that has been on the economic front line of this pandemic from day one, and I look forward to their valuable contributions as the SBA delivers on President Biden’s vision of building the small the business economy is getting better so that we can effectively stimulate and invest in all of the emerging American entrepreneurs from all corners of our country.

The appointees and their roles are listed by office below:

International trade office

Gabriel Esparza, associate administrator. Previously, Gabriel was a public servant in the City of Los Angeles, appointed by the mayor to the Council of Civil Service Commissioners, and vice president of global business development in the commercial payments division at American Express. A seasoned executive with over 25 years of business leadership experience, spanning both large companies and agile startups, Gabriel has also spent the past five years as an investor, advisor and operator in a variety of fields. entrepreneurial businesses. Additionally, Gabriel played a pivotal role at RapidSOS, a government technology platform that provides people with a data-driven way to communicate with 911. He attended Stanford University and Harvard Business School.

Entrepreneurial Development Office

Jackson S. Brossy, Deputy Administrator, Office of Native American Affairs. Prior to the SBA, Jackson was executive director of the Native CDFI Network, a 501 (C) (3) advocacy group, and the Navajo Nation Washington Office, the official intergovernmental affairs office of the nation’s largest tribe. An advocate for access to capital and technical assistance for Indigenous entrepreneurs, Jackson also serves on the boards of Prosperity Now, Change Labs, and the Center for the Indian Country Development Leadership Council at the Federal Reserve Bank. He is a registered member of the Navajo Nation and attended Stanford University and Harvard University.

Capital access office

Thérèse Meers, associate associate administrator. Previously, Therese served as senior legal counsel to the Senate Small Business Committee under President Ben Cardin of Maryland and co-founded a small manufacturing company using SBA tools. She attended Duke University, St. Andrews University and Harvard Law School and is originally from Florida.

Administrator’s office

Olivia Shestopal, Director of Advance. Prior to the SBA, Olivia held various positions on President Biden’s team, including Advance Associate in the offices of the Vice President and Second Gentleman, and on the Advance team of Biden for President Campaign. Olivia is also an alumnus of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and the Democratic State Parties of Wisconsin and New Hampshire. A first generation American from a Russian Jewish family, she attended Goucher College and is originally from the New England area.


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