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Office of International Trade

Dennis Chrisbaum
Acting Associate Administrator
Dennis Chrisbaum - Acting Account Administrator

As Acting Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade, Mr. Chrisbaum oversees the Office’s three core international programs: 1) International Affairs & Trade Policy, which ensures that small business interests are represented at bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations and commercial dialogues; 2) the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) which provides funds to States on a competitive basis, to assist their small businesses in expanding into global markets; and 3) Trade Finance, which provides financial support to small business exporters through three core export loan programs.

Mr. Chrisbaum also serves as Director of International Trade Finance for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In that capacity, he oversees SBA’s export loan programs and the SBA staff who deliver those programs at U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEAC) throughout the country. USEACs combine the international marketing resources of the U.S. Commercial Service and the trade finance expertise of the SBA at 21 U.S. locations. Over the past five years, Mr. Chrisbaum also has worked closely with the inter-agency Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee’s Small Business Working Group in drafting recommendations to expand small business exports under the President’s National Export Initiative. 

Prior to assuming this new position in 2011, Mr. Chrisbaum served as SBA’s representative at the U.S. Export Assistance Center located in Denver, Colorado.  In that role, he oversaw the SBA’s International Trade Finance Program in the five-state, Inter-Mountain West region, which included Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Before moving to Denver, Mr. Chrisbaum worked in Washington, D.C. for both the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he developed and oversaw SBA’s national export promotion program, and the U.S. Department of Commerce where he worked in various positions with the Office of High Technology Export Promotion, the Office of the Under Secretary for International Trade, and the President’s Export Council.

Mr. Chrisbaum has an MBA degree in Finance, Investments and Banking and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin, as well as Masters of Arts degrees from Columbia University and Atlantic University.