Yvette T. Collazo
Yvette T. Collazo serves as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development. Prior to this appointment, she served as the District Director of SBA's Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands District Office for seven years.
Ms. Collazo’s Federal career spans more than 30 years, most recently she served as the Director of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she led efforts to ensure chemical safety under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
Ms. Collazo also served as Director for the Office of Technology Innovation & Development at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management. In this capacity, she led in the identification and advancement of technologies, processes, and technical practices that improved the performance of waste processing, groundwater and soil, Decontamination and Decommissioning, and nuclear materials projects over their lifecycle, from planning to disposal. She also served in several management positions at the U.S. DOE Chicago Office.
In 2006, Ms. Collazo entered the Senior Executive Service (SES) ranks and was appointed Assistant Manager for Closure Project at the DOE Savannah River Operations Office. In this position she led activities related to interagency agreements, federal compliance agreements, and federal contracting of over $250 million related to the clean-up of radiological, industrial and groundwater hazards resulting from more than 40 years of nuclear materials production at the 310-square mile Savannah River Site Federal facility.
Ms. Collazo holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. Ms. Collazo is a native of Puerto Rico.