Office of Small Business Development Centers | Leadership

George Koklanaris

Associate Administrator

George Koklanaris joined the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as Associate Administrator of the Office of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) in April 2019.  In this role, Koklanaris oversees 63 SBDC lead centers and more than 900 service centers across the United States and its territories. SBDCs provide America’s small businesses with the support and resources necessary to help them succeed.

Prior to his appointment, Koklanaris was a strategy and management consultant at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he specialized in national security, Army, joint operations, intelligence and logistics.

Koklanaris previously served at the SBA from 2002-2007 as a special assistant and the assistant administrator of the Office of Field Operations and director of the Office of Strategic Alliances. From 2007-2009, he served as the chief of staff at the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Prior to his federal service, Koklanaris was a legislative and press aide for members of the Virginia House of Delegates and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. 

A colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Koklanaris has served in the Army and Army Reserve for over 28 years. He deployed twice in support of the Global War on Terror and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Prior assignments include tours with Theater Sustainment Commands, the Defense Logistics Agency and the Joint Staff. His current reserve assignment is in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs under the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the National Defense University’s National Security Course and the Joint Forces Staff College.

Koklanaris has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, a Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He also has a graduate certificate in Change Management from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.