The Senate confirmed Marie Collins Johns to be deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Sen. Mary Landrieu called Johns an up-and-coming “invaluable asset to the SBA,” and expressed her excitement regarding the SBA’s leadership team that is now set in place.
“We are hopeful the agency will be empowered to play an important role in assisting small businesses as they continue to lead this country to an economic recovery,” she said.
Landrieu added: “Marie Johns comes to the SBA with an impeccable record of leadership and public service. At a time when this agency is undergoing enormous transformations.”
She added, “I look forward to working with Deputy Administrator Johns in her new capacity, and am glad to have her working on behalf of small businesses across the country.”
Johns was nominated by President Barack Obama and will be the second in command for the SBA. She has a history of leadership as a former chair of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Greater Washington, founder of the Washington, D.C. Technology Council, and founder of the Howard University School of Mathematics and Science.
She was confirmed by unanimous consent by the Senate.