Mr. Cornelius is the Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). He was appointed after serving as the Acting Regional Administrator for Region III that covers Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. As Deputy Associate Administrator, he provides senior leadership to over 42% of the agency’s budgeted workforce insuring the implementation of its overall goals, programs and operations. Mr. Cornelius is responsible for management and oversight of over 90 offices covering all 50 States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and U. S. Territories. In addition to his domestic experience, he has international experience working on State Department initiatives in the Middle East with the Central Banks of Egypt and Bahrain, with the country of Tunisia in Northern Africa as well as Risk Management and Finance experience in China.
Mr. Cornelius has served the SBA in numerous capacities prior to this appointment beginning in 1999 as the District Director for the Michigan District Office. After graduating from the Senior Executive Service (SES) Training Program in 2002, he served as the agency’s Chief Procurement Officer and as the Associate Administrator for 8(a) Business Development in SBA’s national headquarters. In 2004, he was appointed as SBA’s Louisiana District Director where he served as the Agency’s point of contact during the Katrina hurricane disaster and recovery. In 2008 he served as the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office Director overseeing the largest Government Contracting Portfolio in the country.
Before joining SBA, Mr. Cornelius was the Director of Business Services for the Los Angeles Community College District in California, the largest community college system in the United States, the Senior Administrative Officer for the City of Redondo Beach, California, and the Risk Manager for the Compton Unified School District, in Compton, California.
Mr. Cornelius is a trained Federal Acquisition (Level 3) Senior Project Manager and is nationally certified as an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. In addition, he has professional designations in Negotiations, Economic Development and Urban Planning.