Jovita Carranza (born June 29, 1949) is an American politician of the Republican Party who is serving as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration since 2020. She previously served as the 44th Treasurer of the United States from 2017-2020 after being appointed by President Donald Trump. She previously served as the Deputy Administrator for the United States Small Business Administration from December 2006 to January 2009.[3][4] Appointed by President George W. Bush, Carranza was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Prior to the SBA appointment, Carranza served as Vice President of Air Operations for United Parcel Service (UPS) at its facility in Louisville, Kentucky.[5]

Jovita Carranza
Jovita Carranza official photo.jpg
26th Administrator of the Small Business Administration
Assumed office
January 15, 2020
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byLinda McMahon
44th Treasurer of the United States
In office
June 19, 2017 – January 15, 2020
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byRosie Rios
Succeeded byTBD
Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration
In office
December 15, 2006 – January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byMelanie Sabelhaus[1]
Succeeded byMarie Johns[2]
Personal details
Born (1949-06-29) June 29, 1949 (age 70)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationCalifornia State University, Los Angeles
University of Miami (BA, MBA)
Carranza's currency signature
Carranza's currency signature

Previously, Carranza was the President and CEO of the JCR Group, a consulting firm with a focus on business development, profit and loss management, operations, logistics and systems optimization.

On August 1, 2019, President Trump nominated Carranza to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration, replacing Linda McMahon.[6] She was confirmed on January 7, 2020.[7]

Early lifeEdit

Born in Illinois, Carranza grew up in Chicago in an immigrant family from Mexico.[8]

CareerEdit

 
Carranza as Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration

In the mid 1970s, Carranza's first post at United Parcel Service was a part-time, night-shift box handler. She worked her way up to vice president managing domestic operations and president of international operations for Latin America and the Caribbean. When she left UPS, she served as vice president of air operations at its facility in Louisville, Kentucky, and was the highest-ranking Latina in UPS history.[citation needed]

Carranza was appointed by President George W. Bush as Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration. She served on that position from 2006 to 2009. As Deputy Administrator, she helped manage an agency with more than 80 field offices across the country and a portfolio of direct and guaranteed business loans, venture capital investments and disaster loans worth almost $80 billion. In an effort to improve customer response, Carranza led key operational improvement initiatives and projects.[9][10][11][12]

Carranza is the founder and president of The JCR Group, a consulting firm serving corporations and NGOs on issues of business development and profit and loss management. She is also a lecturer, columnist and commentator on political and business issues. Her articles have appeared in TownHall.com and other publications. She has lectured at Johns Hopkins University in Washington.[13]

In 2014, she joined the "Women for Rauner" campaign in Illinois promoting the Bruce Rauner and Evelyn Sanguinetti ticket.[14]

On April 28, 2017, she was named by President Trump as his appointee to fill the position of U.S. Treasurer, vacant since the resignation of Rosa Gumataotao Rios in July 2016.[15] Carranza was sworn in on June 19, 2017.[16][17][18] She was also appointed in August 2018 to serve as one of two members of the administration's Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission.[19]

On July 31, 2019, President Trump announced the nomination of Carranza to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.[20][21] The United States Senate confirmed her nomination on January 7, 2020 by a vote of 88–5.[22][23]

EducationEdit

Carranza earned her MBA from the University of Miami. She has received executive, management and financial training at INSEAD, the University of Michigan, and the University of Chicago.

Boards and civic involvementEdit

Carranza has served as a board member for several national nonprofit organizations such as the National Center for Family Literacy and United Way. She also has been involved in the UPS Congressional Contact program, chaired corporate committees responsible for global strategies and has had experience with public speaking and advisory councils in multiple venues.

Honors and awardsEdit

  • Woman of the Year for outstanding accomplishments throughout her career by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2004.[24]
  • Recognized for immeasurable contributions to the Hispanic community and for her public service to this country presented by The Latino Coalition Leadership in Washington, DC - October 2008.
  • Received honors as a Woman of Distinction by the American Association of University Women and NASPA at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in June 2008.
  • Honorary Alumna for Alverno College
  • Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award by Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)

She is a member of several honor societies and has an active civic participation with women, youth and minority groups

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PN1963 - Nomination of Jovita Carranza for Small Business Administration, 109th Congress (2005-2006)". www.congress.gov. December 9, 2006. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "PN1310 - Nomination of Marie Collins Johns for Small Business Administration, 111th Congress (2009-2010)". www.congress.gov. June 22, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "results.gov : Resources For The President's Team". georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 24, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "PN1963 - Nomination of Jovita Carranza for Small Business Administration, 109th Congress (2005-2006)". www.congress.gov. December 9, 2006. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/six-nominations-sent-senate-4/
  7. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 116th Congress - 2nd Session". www.senate.gov.
  8. ^ V., Wilczynski, Aimee (January 1, 2005). "Educational Training and Diversity for Better Business: Interview with Jovita Carranza, Vice President of Air Operations/ World Port Manager at UPS". Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy. 17. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 24, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Jeffords, Sarah (May 28, 2007). "Jovita Carranza embraces new role at SBA". www.bizjournals.com.
  11. ^ "Confirmation Hearing for Deputy SBA Leader". Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  12. ^ "SBA Launches Electronic Disaster Loan Application" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 16, 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "Jovita Carranza Articles - Political Columnist & Commentator - Jovita Carranza". Townhall. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 24, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ ""President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his Administration", White House, April 28, 2017". Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  16. ^ "Jovita Carranza sworn in as U.S. Treasurer". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "Jovita Carranza sworn in as 44th US Treasurer". AP NEWS. June 19, 2017.
  18. ^ "New money: Mnuchin and Carranza now on the dollar bill". AP NEWS.
  19. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate, Designate, and Appoint Personnel to Key Administration Posts". The White House.
  20. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts". The White House. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  21. ^ "Trump taps Carranza as Small Business Administration chief". AP NEWS. April 5, 2019.
  22. ^ Jagoda, Naomi (January 7, 2020). "Senate confirms Trump pick for small business chief". TheHill.
  23. ^ "Jovita Carranza confirmed as SBA administrator after nine-month delay". American Banker.
  24. ^ "Jovita Carranza Named Hispanic Business Magazine Woman of the Year". RTO Online. RTO Online, Inc. May 5, 2004. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Pilkerton
Acting
Administrator of the Small Business Administration
2020–present
Incumbent