New SBA Deputy Administrator Confirmed

Douglas J. Kramer was confirmed as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on June 11, 2015.  In this capacity, he is responsible for managing the agency and ensuring the efficient operation of its programs.  He works to make sure the Agency fulfills its promise to support U.S. Small Businesses.

Prior to this role, he was Counselor to SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, where he advised on day-to-day management operations of the SBA and the agency’s efforts to support the growth and success of American small businesses.

Before joining the SBA, Mr. Kramer served in numerous senior leadership positions within the Obama Administration.  From November to March 2015, he was General Counsel of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) -- an agency with more than 9,600 employees, operations in over 100 countries, and an annual budget of $20 billion.  In this role, he managed a team of more than 100 lawyers and was charged with ensuring compliance with extensive regulatory and statutory guidelines, while also advising USAID leadership on legal matters and providing recommendations on policy creation.  

For more than four years, Mr. Kramer held a number of leadership positions at the White House.  From March 2012 to November 2013, Mr. Kramer worked as Deputy Assistant to the President and White House Staff Secretary.  From 2009 to 2012, he served in the Office of the White House Counsel, first as Deputy Associate Counsel for Presidential Personnel, and then as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President.

Prior to joining the White House, Mr. Kramer served as Counsel in the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice.  From 2006 to 2009, he worked as an Associate and then Shareholder at the law firm Polsinelli PC.  From 2001 to 2006, he was an Associate at the law firm Covington & Burling.  Earlier, Mr. Kramer served as a Judicial Clerk in the Chambers of the Hon. Walter L. Carpeneti of the Alaska Supreme Court.

A Kansas native, Mr. Kramer received a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Mr. Kramer lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Leah, and three children.

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