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Barbara E. Carson

Deputy Associate Administrator
Barb Carson

Ms. Barbara Carson joined the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Washington, D.C. in June 2013. She is the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development.

In this role, Ms. Carson advocates for small businesses and represents them on behalf of the President of the United States.   

Ms. Carson has first-hand military experience, having served over 20 years as an active duty and reserve officer. She is currently a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve (USAFR), assigned to the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs. Her military experience includes nuclear command and control and public affairs with assignments across the United States, Japan and Europe. In addition, while stationed in Okinawa, Japan, she founded a small business with a fellow veteran and continues to be passionate about entrepreneurship opportunities for military service members, veterans and their spouses.