The goal of the Small Business Administration (SBA) of empowering entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support to start, grow, or expand their businesses is enhanced by the announcement of its senior leadership team and key Biden-Harris Administration appointees.
This experienced group of staffers will join thousands of SBA career servants who work with complete dedication to deliver recovery funding to millions of small businesses and rebuild the engine of the United States economy.
In April, Antwaun Griffin was named SBA Chief of Staff as it provides a historic $1 trillion in economic relief to America’s entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits.
“The Biden-Harris Administration and Administrator Guzman’s commitment to equity is evident, not just in policy, but in personnel. At every level, our staff represents America, and we are a better agency because of it,” said Griffin.
“These dedicated public servants have answered the call to serve during a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. I am incredibly proud of the team we have assembled at the SBA and look forward to the work we will accomplish together serving our nation’s small businesses,” added the SBA Chief of Staff.
Within the talented team there is a group of outstanding personalities related to the state of Pennsylvania. They are:
Diedra Henry-Spires, Senior Advisor for COVID Programs. Prior to the SBA, Diedra served as CEO of The Dalton Daley Group for Children and Families, a Maryland-based nonprofit, and as a top advocacy, policy strategist, and congressional staffer, helping to engineer the Affordable Care Act along with other key legislation such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Jobs Creation Act of 2010, The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, and The Middle-Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. She attended The Pennsylvania State University and Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government and is a New York native.
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Sal DeFrancesco, Special Assistant. Previously, Sal served as a Regional Organizing Director for the Pennsylvania Coordinated Campaign and organized across various states for the Biden-Harris presidential campaign. He attended Harvard University and is a Pennsylvania native.
Terrence Clark, Director of Communications. Previously, Terrence served as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Reverend Warnock’s (Georgia) 2020 senate campaign and is an alum of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (Massachusetts) 2020 presidential campaign. Clark also participated in the U.S. Senator Bob Casey’s 2018 senate campaign in Pennsylvania. He attended Georgia State University and is a Georgia native.
Christina Carr, Press Secretary. Prior to the SBA, Christina served as Communications Director for U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego (Arizona-7th) and is an alum of CQ Roll Call. She attended the University of Miami and is a Pennsylvania native.
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