The Honorable Sandy K. Baruah serves as a Senior Fellow with the Council on Competitiveness. The Council, based in Washington, DC, is the only group of leading corporate chief executives, university presidents, labor leaders, and high-ranking government officials dedicated to enhancing the United States of America’s economic competitiveness and focus on innovation. The Council on Competitiveness accomplishes this by evaluating competitive opportunities and challenges facing the country through leading edge research and helping to shape national policy.

Mr. Baruah served as President Bush’s last Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA is the federal government agency responsible for advancing the interests of small business with a $1 billion annual budget, 4,000 employees and is direct report to the President of the United States. During his tenure at SBA, Baruah oversaw SBA’s $18 billion annual small business loan portfolio, led the U.S. government loan assistance response to the 2008 Gulf Coast hurricanes, and helped shape the government’s response to the 2008 credit crisis.

Prior to leading SBA, Sandy K. Baruah served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce leading the Economic Development Administration (EDA). Baruah was nominated by President Bush in September 2005 for this post and was confirmed by the United States Senate in December 2005. Under Baruah’s leadership of EDA, the agency was revitalized by focusing on regional innovation and competitiveness. EDA earned the second highest performance ranking in the government, was inducted into the Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame, hosted in partnership with CNBC two highly acclaimed “National Summit on American Competitiveness” conferences, and led the U.S. Government’s delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on economic development and public-private partnership issues. Prior to serving as Assistant Secretary, Baruah held the posts of Chief of Staff and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the agency.

Before joining the Bush Administration in 2001, Baruah served seven years as a senior consultant at Performance Consulting Group, a corporate management consulting firm specializing in financial institutions in merger environments. He holds an MBA from Willamette University and a BS from the University of Oregon. He currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife and son, but considers Oregon home.

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