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Jackie Robinson-Burnette

Deputy Associate Administrator
Jackie Robinson-Burnette

Jackie was inducted into the Senior Executive Service as the Associate Administrator of 8(a) Business Development with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on December 15, 2014.  She quickly inspired her team to collaborate across the agency and implement new streamlined procedures to simplify complex processes and significantly reduce administrative burdens on small businesses applying for SBA programs. 

The SBA promoted her again on May 1, 2016 to serve as the Deputy for Government Contracting and Business Development, and in this capacity she leads a team of five Senior Executives and over 190 small business professionals across the Nation.  Her responsibility includes all small business contracting and business development matters relating to the $90B annual federal contracting spend with small businesses.   She consistently motivates her team to provide Smart, Bold, and Accessible (SBA) customer service to small businesses across the country -- the absolute best customer service the federal government has to offer. 

In 2014, Jackie served the Pentagon as deputy to the Secretary of the Army Office of Small Business Programs.  In this position with over $16 billion in annual contract awards to small firms, Jackie managed the largest federal small business contracting program in the country.  She provided leadership and guidance to a network of over 200 military and civilian small business specialists.

From 2010 – 2013, Jackie led the $6 billion U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Small Business Program.  She was principal advisor to the Commander/Head of Contracting Activity on small business matters.  Jackie provided senior leadership and direction to an integrated network of over 70 Contract Specialists that served as USACE Small Business Specialists throughout the United States.  Within her first year of leadership, she motivated USACE to exceed every small business goal for the first time in its history.  USACE continued to excel every year thereafter winning numerous awards to include SB Program of the Year, SDVOSB Program of the Year, and her staff earned several Secretary of the Army Small Business Specialist of the Year awards.  From 2008-2010, Jackie served as a Deputy Associate Director for Small Business Program for the new US Army Contracting Command (ACC), Office of Small Business Programs. 

She graduated from the Univ of Maryland (UMUC) with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management (with a focus on Acquisition & Contracting).  She is DAWIA Certified Level III in Contracting.  She began her career as a Department of the Army Contracting Intern in 1990. For many years, she served as a contracting officer with an unlimited warrant.   Her Army contracting service includes duty in the Washington DC metro area, Korea, Germany, and short temporary duty in war torn areas like Bosnia, Kosovo, Sarajevo, Tuzla, Hungary, and Taszar. 

She is married to a retired Army Medical Service Corps Officer and they have 3 daughters.