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SBA Announces Appointment of Kellie Drakeford LeDet As Regional Administrator for Region II

Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Release Number: 
14-14
Contact: 
Kelly LoTempio

NEW YORK–  The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the appointment of Kellie Drakeford LeDet, as the regional administrator in Region II, to oversee the SBA’s programs and services in New York State, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As regional administrator, LeDet will manage the delivery of the agency’s three Cs:  Counseling, Contracting and Capital activities throughout Region II.

“I am honored to join SBA’s team of talented individuals who are committed to the development of small businesses across New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and USVI.  As Regional Administrator, I look forward to leveraging SBA’s tools and programs to help create more opportunities for small businesses to succeed, create jobs, improve access to capital for the underserved and drive local and national economic growth.” said LeDet.

LeDet, who has ample management, legal, communication and government experience, served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Menendez and was previously the managing director of diversity, small business and government affairs for the New Jersey Schools Development Corporation.  She was deputy chief of management and operations for the State of New Jersey and prior to that served as a director for economic development for preceding Senators.  LeDet has an extensive history as a director and manager in government and administration industries.