Don Graves was a deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury during President Barack Obama’s first term, and his office oversaw the launch of the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). Graves went on the lead the administration’s efforts to support Detroit’s economic recovery and, in 2016, the Cancer Moonshot Effort.
Granholm’s time as governor in Michigan (2003 to 2011) began her track record on clean energy, when she created the Centers of Energy Excellence program and funding to create alternative energy clusters and support technology commercialization. In 2009, she also signed legislation to provide funding for tax credits for companies engaging in battery research and manufacturing, and worked to move the transportation sector away from fossil fuels while maintaining jobs.
In addition to serving as agriculture secretary from 2009-2017, Vilsack was a two-term governor of Iowa, where he worked to invest in the state’s entrepreneurs and grow the economy. As governor, Vilsack supported tech-based economic development enabled by measures such as the state’s Grow Iowa Values fund and developed a plan to invest millions into the creation of a life sciences initiative.
Guzman, director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate, was nominated to serve as the administrator of the Small Business Administration, and had previously served as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff at the SBA.
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