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Office of Native American Affairs

David Sanborn
Assistant Administrator
David Sanborn

David Sanborn is the Assistant Administrator for Native American Affairs at the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he works to ensure individual and tribally-owned businesses and entrepreneurs have the tools they need to start, grow, succeed, and create jobs, and in turn develop a strong, stable and enduring middle class within these communities.  His focus is on serving American Indians, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiians that are seeking to create, develop or expand a small business, ensuring they have full access to the many business development tools available through the SBA. He also coordinates development of SBA policies tailored to Native American populations and engages in outreach, technical assistance and training, and government to government consultation.

In addition to his role at the SBA, David co-chairs the Economic Development Subgroup of the White House Council on Native American Affairs and serves on the White House Rural Council and the White House Interagency Group on Insular Affairs. He is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation of Maine and graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a B.S. in Biology.

David has spent his career serving Native Americans in the private and public sectors. Previously, David was the senior vice president for operations and business development at Yeego Travel Meetings and Events, LLC, a Native American-owned small business and was subject matter expert for Keres Consulting, Inc., a successful graduate of SBA’s Native American 8(a) small business program. David has also served as Executive Director of the National American Indian Housing Council, senior advisor and liaison for Native American Affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense within the Office of Secretary of Defense which included management of the Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program, and has worked in the Public Programs Department at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian where he contributed to the Seminars and Symposia Program and the National Native Languages Archive Repository Project.