Office of Entrepreneurial Development | Leadership

Adriana Menchaca-Gendron

Deputy Associate Administrator

Adriana Menchaca_GendronAdriana 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.

As the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development (OED), Adriana is responsible for managing the operations of a division of SBA that supports more than 1 million small businesses every year through a nationwide network of partners and resources, including Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, SCORE, Scale-Up America, Regional Innovation Clusters, Emerging Leaders, and SBA’s on-line Learning Center.

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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