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Eugene Cornelius, Jr.

Deputy Associate Administrator
Eugene Cornelius, Jr.

Mr. Cornelius is the Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). He was appointed after serving as the Acting Regional Administrator for Region III that covers Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.  As Deputy Associate Administrator, Mr. Cornelius is responsible for management and oversight of over 90 offices covering all 50 States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and U.S. Territories. 

Mr. Cornelius is also involved in special projects:

The White House Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2) initiative—an innovative interagency approach for supporting our Nation’s cities, town and regions—that focuses on partnering with communities to strengthen their local capacity, comprehensive planning, and regional collaboration so they can better leverage their economic assets and build a strong foundation for economic growth.

International projects include:

Tunisia (U.S. State Department Middle East Partnership Initiative MEPI)
Support State-backed Banks efforts to address and reform structural weaknesses that impede their ability to provide adequate services to small and medium sized enterprises (SME) and help design a platform that enables the bank to broaden its value proposition by incorporating non-financial services into its range of products

Egypt (U.S. State Department: Middle East Partnership Initiative MEPI)
Program working with the Central Bank(CBE) and National Bank (NBE) of Egypt to improve the technical skills and assistance while helping them in the promotion of an inviting environment for small and medium- sized enterprises (SME) transitioning from informal to formal business enterprises; In addition to assistance in the development of a strategic plan to create an SME advisory center

China: University of Wuhan
Educational exchange to develop instruments and strategies for Financing, Self- Insurance, and Risk Management products and services including third party Insurance to Public and Non-Profit entities

Mr. Cornelius has served the SBA in numerous capacities prior to this appointment beginning in 1999 as the District Director for the Michigan District Office. After graduating from the Senior Executive Service (SES) Training Program in 2002, he served as the agency’s Chief Procurement Officer and as the Associate Administrator for 8(a) Business Development in SBA’s national headquarters. In 2004, he was appointed as SBA’s Louisiana District Director where he served as the Agency’s point of contact during the Katrina hurricane disaster and recovery. In 2008 he served as the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office Director overseeing the largest Government Contracting Portfolio in the country. 

Before joining SBA, Mr. Cornelius was the Director of Business Services for the Los Angeles Community College District in California, the largest community college system in the United States, the Senior Administrative Officer for the City of Redondo Beach, California, and the Risk Manager for the Compton Unified School District in Compton, California. 

Mr. Cornelius is a trained Federal Acquisition (Level 3) Senior Project Manager and is nationally certified as an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. In addition, he has professional designations in Economic Development and Urban Planning.

A Chicago native, Mr. Cornelius is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Inc.