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Jackie Robinson-Burnette

Deputy Associate Administrator
Jackie Robinson-Burnette

Robinson-Burnette was inducted into the Senior Executive Service as the Associate Administrator of the 8(a) Business Development Program with the SBA on Dec. 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. 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 $90 billion set aside annually for small business contracting. 

In 2014, Robinson-Burnette served at 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, she 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, Robinson-Burnette led the $6 billion U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Small Business Program. She was principal adviser to the Commander/Head of Contracting Activity on small business matters. She provided senior leadership and direction to an integrated network of over 70 contract specialists that served as Army Corps small business specialists throughout the United States. Within her first year of leadership, she motivated the Army Corps to exceed every small business goal for the first time in its history. The corps continued to excel every year thereafter, winning numerous awards, including “Small Business Program of the Year,” “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program of the Year,” and her staff earned several Secretary of the Army “Small Business Specialist of the Year” awards. From 2008-2010, Robinson-Burnette served as a deputy associate director for the Small Business Program for the new U.S. Army Contracting Command, Office of Small Business Programs.

Robinson-Burnette graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in business management (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 D.C. metro area, South Korea, Germany, and short temporary duty in Bosnia, Kosovo and Hungary.

She is married to a retired Army Medical Service Corps officer and they have three daughters.