Chris James, associate administrator at the Small Business Administration‘s office of intergovernmental affairs, has been appointed to serve as associate administrator under the agency’s office of field operations in addition to his current role.
SBA said Thursday James oversees a number of programs at SBA such as Startup in a Day, which seeks to drive entrepreneurship, and the White House-led SupplierPay program designed to help support U.S. small businesses.
“I am honored to join the office of field operations and look forward to continuing to serve the President and the U.S. small business community,” said James.
He previously worked at SBA’s office of native American affairs and held management roles for the Treasury Department and Sequoyah Fund.
He is currently a member of various White House organizations working on native American affairs, rural programs, community solutions and insular affairs.
James holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington and master’s degrees in entrepreneurship and project management from Western Carolina University.