Guzman Sworn in by VP Harris

March 24, 2021

On Monday, March 22, Isabel Guzman was sworn in as the 27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration by Vice President Kamala Harris.

Previously, on March 16, the U.S. Senate voted 81-17 to approve the nomination of Guzman. NSBA endorsed Guzman for the role, and her nomination was approved by the Senate Committee on Small Business late-February.

In addition to being a small business owner, Guzman was an advisor to ProAmérica Bank in Los Angeles, between 2009 and 2014. She then served on the Small Business Administration during the Obama administration before becoming the director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate. 

The SBA is playing a central role in providing pandemic relief to America’s small businesses and needs a strong Administrator at its helm. NSBA has endorsed Guzman for her experience and dedication to small business, and believes she is well poised to lead the SBA in the coming months and years. We look forward to working with her on small business issues.

Below is a statement from NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken:

“Guzman brings a wealth of experience to the role, with a lengthy background in small-business lending–one of NSBA’s top priorities–as well know-how when it comes to small-business participation in the federal marketplace. Her experience both within and outside the SBA should enable her to hit the ground running, something America’s struggling small-business community needs as the pandemic rages and economic growth on Main Street stagnates.

“I look forward to working with Administrator Guzman on key small-business priorities: strengthening SBA lending; broadening small-business access to capital, including the Paycheck Protection Program; bolstering small business participation in federal contracts; supporting small business innovation programs; and protecting small businesses against over-reaching regulations.”

Click here to read NSBA’s full letter of support.