Mark S. Hayward was appointed District Director of the Rhode Island District Office in March 2000. He joined the Rhode Island District Office as Deputy Director in 1991 and served as the Acting District Director from 1998 until his appointment as District Director. Hayward also has served as acting regional administrator for New England from June 2007 through October 2007, August 2004 through April 2005 and January 2001 through February 2002. He served simultaneously as acting director of the Massachusetts District Office from February 2004 through April 2005. Mark supervises a staff of 6 professional employees, and is responsible for the management and delivery of the SBA’s financial and technical assistance programs for the state of Rhode Island. He has served as a member of the SBA Administrator’s Field Advisory Council. Hayward has initiated and developed outreach programs to enhance the Emerging Markets initiatives, including the Rhode Island Salute to Small Business Week celebration. Mark has 32 years of federal service. Prior to his assignment with the Rhode Island District Office, he was the SBA’s Acting Chief Counsel for Advocacy in Washington, D.C. From 1981-1983 Hayward was the Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Environmental Protection Agency. He also served from 1983-1989 as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Territorial and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Interior. Mark is a native of East Providence, where he served on the city council and was mayor from 1976 to 1982. Hayward holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History with a minor in European History from Providence College. He also attended the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington-on-the-Hudson, New York.