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Understanding the President’s Cabinet: SBA Administrator

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Note: This is the post #25, the final post in a weekly series of explanatory posts on the officials and agencies included in the President’s Cabinet. See the series introduction here.

Cabinet position: Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA)

Department: Small Business Administration

Current Administrator: Linda McMahon

Department Mission: “The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.” (Source)

Department Budget: $719 million for FY2017

Number of employees: 3,321

Primary Duties of the Administrator:

• Oversees all duties of the SBA.

• Establishes and maintains an external small business economic database for the purpose of providing the Congress and the Administration information on the economic condition and the expansion or contraction of the small business sector.

• Publishes annually a report giving a comparative analysis and interpretation of the historical trends of the small business sector.

 

Administrator Info

Administrator: Linda McMahon

Previous occupation: CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

Education: B.A. in French from East Carolina University.

Previous government experience: Served fourteen months on Connecticut’s State Board of Education.

Religious Affiliation: Catholic

Notable achievements:

• Was Connecticut’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and 2012.

• Co-founder and former CEO of Women’s Leadership LIVE, LLC.

• Recipient of the USO of Metropolitan Washington’s first ever “Legacy of Hope” award.

• Served as President of the Advisory Board for Operation Helmet, which provides comfortable and protective helmet pads for U.S. combat troops.

• Member of the Advisory Board for SoldierStrong, which provides scholarships and rehabilitation technology for returning veterans.

• Received the Humanitarian Award from the Catholic Big Sisters & Big Brothers in New York City.

• Received the Spirit of Hope Award from Liberation Programs in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Previous posts in this series: Vice PresidentSecretary of StateSecretary of the TreasurySecretary of Education, Secretary of LaborSecretary of DefenseAttorney GeneralSecretary of the InteriorSecretary of AgricultureSecretary of CommerceSecretary of Health and Human ServicesSecretary of Housing and Urban DevelopmentSecretary of TransportationSecretary of EnergySecretary of Veterans AffairsSecretary of Homeland SecurityWhite House Chief of StaffU.S. Trade RepresentativeDirector of National IntelligenceRepresentative of the United States to the United NationsDirector of the Office of Management and BudgetDirector of the Central Intelligence AgencyAdministrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator of the Small Business Administration

Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).