Teri Coaxum – Region II Advocate
Teri Coaxum is the regional advocate for region II, covering the states of New Jersey and New York, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Coaxum is the chief counsel for advocacy’s direct link to small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, trade associations, and small business organizations throughout the region. Coaxum was appointed to her post in January 2011.
Prior to her appointment, Coaxum was the deputy state director from 2004 to 2010 for Senator Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.); Coaxum advised the senator on issues ranging from economic development to job creation. From 2001 to 2004, she served as an administrative manager in the Kings County district attorney’s office, where she coordinated a community development arm to begin economic empowerment, job readiness, and technological advancement. She has a master’s degree in business administration from Metropolitan College of New York. She also has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. The presidentially appointed chief counsel for advocacy advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers. Regional advocates and an office in Washington, D.C., support the chief counsel’s efforts. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/advocacy, or call (202) 205-6533.