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Jovita Carranza -- Small Business Administration
Deputy Administator

Jovita Carranza was sworn in Dec. 15, 2006, as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. President George W. Bush nominated her for the post and she was confirmed by unanimous consent by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 9, 2006. As Deputy Administrator, Carranza serves as second in command to Administrator Steven C. Preston. She helps to manage an agency with more than 80 field offices across the country and a portfolio of direct and guaranteed business loans, venture capital investments and disaster loans worth almost $80 billion. Carranza also serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the agency and in that capacity carries out key SBA management functions on issues ranging from human capital, financial management, information technology, acquisition management, performance management and organizational transformation initiatives. As COO, she is the primary initiator of the President's Small Business Agenda and the President's Management Agenda at SBA. Carranza brings to the SBA more than 30 years of successful corporate experience at UPS. Through her work with the small business community throughout her career, she has a keen understanding of this vital sector of the U.S. economy. Carranza started at UPS in 1976 as a part-time, night-shift box handler in Los Angeles and worked her way up to vice president managing domestic operations and president of international operations for Latin America and the Caribbean. Most recently, she was vice president of air operations for the worldwide package-shipping company at its facility in Louisville, Ky., where she oversaw the cutting-edge automated package processing operation. Carranza has also been extensively involved in community and civic activities. She has served as a board member for several national nonprofit organizations such as the National Center for Family Literacy and United Way. She also has been involved in the UPS Congressional Contact program, chaired corporate committees responsible for global strategies and has had experience with public speaking and advisory councils in multiple venues. For her outstanding accomplishments throughout her career, Hispanic Business magazine named her Woman of the Year in 2004. A native of Chicago, Carranza earned her MBA from the University of Miami (Fla). She also has received executive, management and financial training at the INSEAD Business School in Paris, France, the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago.

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