Region II | Leadership

Steve Bulger

Regional Administrator
Steve Bulger

President Donald Trump appointed Steve Bulger as the Regional Administrator for SBA’s Region II on January 8, 2018. Bulger oversees SBA’s financial, international export, disaster relief, government contracting and business development programs that assist nearly 3 million small businesses employing over 6 million workers in the Region.

Headquartered in New York City, Bulger manages a staff of 65 SBA employees serving five District Offices and six Branch Offices throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, he coordinates a network of small business counselors and mentors housed in 40 Small Business Development Centers, 20 SCORE Chapters, 10 Women’s Business Centers and a Veterans Business Opportunity Center. 

In FY 17, SBA’s Region II guaranteed $2.3 billion in small business loans—a $150 million increase over FY 16. These loans supported the retention and creation of 55,000 jobs.

Prior to accepting the President’s appointment to SBA, Bulger served six years for Congressman Chris Gibson as District Director of 15 counties in upstate New York. In this role, he managed government affairs with the business, non-profit, and health care sectors while also expanding partnerships with federal, state and local elected officials. Bulger led the Congressman’s economic development and infrastructure initiatives, including disaster recovery efforts following Hurricanes Irene and Lee in 2011.  

Prior to that, he was a Manager with the Stryker Corporation overseeing trauma and joint replacement implants and equipment sales and operations in the Upstate NY/Western New England area. He spent a total of twenty years in the medical device sector.  Bulger also co-founded a digital marketing start-up firm, and worked as an investment broker in the financial services industry.

A New York Native, Bulger is a graduate of Lafayette College, and has held leadership positions in numerous non-profit and local government organizations. He lives in Saratoga County with his wife Mary Beth. They have three children.