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Adriana Menchaca-Gendron has over 24 years of private and public sector experience. Prior to joining the Federal Government in 2004, she worked in the finance and insurance industries, both domestic and abroad, where she specialized in small business lending.
She is currently the Associate Administrator for Small Business Development Centers at the Small Business Administration (SBA), where she oversees one of the Agency’s signature programs. The Small Business Development Centers Program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community, and federal, state and local governments. It enhances economic development by providing small businesses with management and technical assistance. Currently, there are 63 Lead Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) -- one in every state (Texas has four, California has six), the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands -- with a network of more than 900 service locations.
Prior to joining SBA, Adriana was the Deputy Executive Officer for the Office of Regulatory Affairs at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where she had oversight of a geographically dispersed organization with 220 employees and a budget of approximately $1 billion, providing support to over 4,500 regulatory employees. As the Deputy Executive Officer, Adriana led the areas of workforce development, human resources, management operations, budget, and financial management. Prior to joining FDA, Adriana was the Acting Deputy Chief Officer for Legislative, Regulatory and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Veterans Health Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Adriana has also worked in the Office of the Inspector General and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Labor.
Adriana earned her B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University. She also attended graduate school at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, where she studied international law.
Adriana lives with her husband and eight-year old daughter in Columbia, Maryland. They also have two adult 22-year old sons.
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