Office of International Trade | Leadership

Eugene Cornelius, Jr.

Deputy Associate Administrator
Cornelius

Mr. Cornelius is the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  He is responsible for oversight and execution of four program divisions: (1) The Federal & State Trade Development Division focuses on Federal and state inter-agency partnerships in export promotion and delivery and management of the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP); (2) The International Trade Finance Division administers three export loan programs and provides trade financing, counseling, and training via 21 U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs) Nationwide; (3) The International Affairs & Trade Policy Division advocates for small business interests in trade negotiations, champions transparency and regulatory reform, and conducts outreach on U.S. trade policy initiatives;and (4) Administration & Operations focuses on Budget, Human Resources, and Management.
 
Mr. Cornelius leads the Office of International Trade (OIT) in formation and administration of policies and programs, as well as technical direction and coordination of interagency activities with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Agriculture, the Export Import Bank, the Department of State, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and other Federal, State, and local agencies.
 
Prior to this position he served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations.  As Deputy Associate Administrator, he provided senior leadership to over 42% of the Agency’s budgeted workforce, ensuring the implementation of its overall goals, programs, and operations.  Mr. Cornelius was 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, Mr. Cornelius 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.
 
He was awarded the Harvard University School of Business “Bright Idea” for Innovation in American Government Award for the Business Builder economic development initiative.  
 
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.   Prior to his position as DAA for Field Operations, he served as the Acting Regional Administrator for Region III, which covers Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
 
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.  Prior to that, he was 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.