Administrator Guzman applauds President Biden’s new appointments to the US Small Business Administration

WASHINGTON DC, Oct. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Today, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzmanhead of US Small Business Administration (SBA) and President Biden’s cabinet voice for America’s 33 million small businesses, praised a new list of key Biden-Harris administration officials holding critical positions at the SBA.

“With President Biden’s appointment of these talented individuals, the SBA will continue to strengthen its effectiveness for America’s small businesses and the communities they serve.” said Administrator Guzman. “I know they will work hard alongside the mission-driven SBA team to provide our capital, business development and disaster recovery resources to advance our nation’s economy.”

The appointees and their roles are listed below per office:

Administrator’s office

Liz Murray, Director of Planning and Progress. Ms. Murray brings nearly a decade of experience working for several members of the US House of Representatives, including Congressmen Steve Israel and Brad Sherman, and Congressmen Louise Slaughter, Abigail Spanberger and Katie Porter. Prior to SBA, she served as Director of Political and Executive Operations at SKDK, specializing in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and media relations for a range of corporate, non-profit, advocacy and crisis clients. Ms. Murray attended the Catholic University of America. She is from Delmar, New York.

Jessica Reeves, Director of Public Engagement. Before joining SBA, Ms. Reeves led projects for organizations such as YWCA, Rock the Vote and Supermajority, as well as local and national clients with a focus on reaching and mobilizing diverse communities. A seasoned small business owner and nonprofit leader with extensive experience at the intersection of media, politics, and culture, she is also a co-founder of Support Latino Business, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting Latino-owned businesses. Previously, Ms. Reeves also served as Voto Latino’s Chief Operating Officer, where she led the organization’s growth to register half a million voters, developed key initiatives such as the first joint polling trips with Lyft and Uber, and introduced new technology to Registration of young voters. She attended Boston College and Georgetown University.

Tyler Robinson, special assistant. Before joining SBA, Mr. Robinson worked in the non-profit industry, helping establish outreach programs for community organizations and on several political campaigns in North Carolina and Iowa. Most recently, he served as North Carolina regional political director for the Biden Campaign and the Fight for North Carolina Coordinated Campaign. Mr. Robinson attended North Carolina State University.

Quinn Carrigan, confidential assistant in the Administrator’s office. Prior to joining SBA, Mr. Carrigan worked as the Managing Transcript Editor and Producer for the Federal Network, a non-partisan news outlet that reports on the US Congress. In addition, he acted as organizer of the Biden-Harris presidential campaign in various states. Following Election Day in November 2020, Mr. Carrigan organized the Warnock and Ossoff campaigns in the Georgia Senate runoff. He attended the University of Arizona.

Communications and Public Relations Office

Christina Hale, Assistant Administrator. Prior to SBA, Ms. Hale served as communications director for US International Development Finance Corporation, where she oversaw the agency’s strategic communications, including planning, development and implementation. In 2012, Ms. Hale was elected to the Indiana General Assembly, where she passed more than 60 bills focused on improving conditions for business owners and was named Small Business Champion. She has managed teams, projects and offices in the United States and several countries in Europe and Asia Pacific. Ms. Hale was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and attended Purdue University.

Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs

Tommy Walker, Assistant Assistant Administrator. Before joining the SBA, Mr. Walker spent 12 years on Capitol Hill in various capacities. Most recently, he served as political director of the Senate Rules Committee. Earlier in his career, he worked as a legislative assistant handling a broad economic portfolio for Senator Amy Klobuchar and as an assistant chief of staff, in addition to other roles, for Congresswoman Diana DeGette. Mr. Walker attended Carleton College and Johns Hopkins University.

The newest appointees join previously announced appointments and thousands of SBA career officials who have worked tirelessly to bring economic aid to America’s small businesses, innovative startups and disaster-hit communities and to implement Administrator Guzman’s priorities while the agency reinvented to better support entrepreneurs at all stages of their lifecycle as they transition to stable, steady growth.

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About the US Small Business Administration

The US Small Business Administration is helping to advance the American dream of business ownership. As the single point of contact and voice for small businesses, backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, expand, or diversify their business a statement to recover disaster. It offers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

CONTACT: Press Offce United States Small Business Administration [email protected]

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