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Sandy K. Baruah
Acting Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Sandy K. Baruah

Sandy K. Baruah was designated Acting Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration on August 15, 2008.

Baruah, who is pending Senate confirmation as SBA Administrator, has served in the Bush Administration since 2001.  Prior to SBA, he was the Assistant Secretary for Economic Development at the Department of Commerce, and comes to SBA with a keen understanding in how to promote local business growth, manage organizational change, and respond to federal disasters.

Baruah helped lead significant accomplishments for EDA, including the agency’s induction into the Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame, passage of EDA’s Congressional reauthorization, the agency’s inclusion in President Bush’s Executive Order which established the Preserve America Initiative, and achieved the second-highest effectiveness ranking from the White House’s Office Management and Budget.

Prior to joining President Bush’s team at the Commerce Department, he spent seven years with a Portland, Oregon-based corporate management consulting firm. As a business consultant, he worked on engagements with clients such as Walt Disney World, Intel, Key Bank and Citizens Bank.

Sandy Baruah’s previous government service includes work with U.S. Senator Bob Packwood and service to President George H.W. Bush, with positions in the office of the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of the Interior.  Mr. Baruah holds a B.S. from the University of Oregon and earned an M.B.A. from Willamette University.