Althea Coetzee Leslie, former chief of staff to the Defense Department undersecretary for defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, has joined the Small Business Administration as deputy administrator.
SBA said Monday Leslie was sworn in during a ceremony at the agency’s Washington headquarters.
“Allie’s leadership background as a U.S Navy two-star rear admiral, along with her public and private sector experience will be an asset for the agency,” said SBA Administrator Linda McMahon.
McMahon, co-founder of World Wrestling Entertainment, assumed leadership of the agency in February.
Coetzee Leslie joined the Navy Reserve in 1993 and held civilian positions in the municipal and state government, medical device manufacturing and retail distribution sectors.