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Mark S. Hayward , District Director

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 1996 until his appointment as District Director. Hayward has served on several occasions as acting regional administrator for New England.  More specifically he served as Acting RA 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 4 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 from 2001 through 2008.  During that period he also served six months as the District Director in Residence in the office of the Administrator.

In February of 2017, Hayward was appointed Senior Advisor to the 25th Administrator of the SBA, Linda McMahon. Upon his return from assignment Hayward was appointed acting Regional Administrator for Region I as well as Rhode Island District Director. In May of 2017 Hayward was also temporarily appointed as the acting Regional Administrator for Region IV, serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

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 35 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 February 1990 until November 1991.

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, Rhode Island, 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.