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SBA Names New Deputy Administrator
The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced the appointment of its new deputy administrator, Althea "Allie" Coetzee Leslie. The announcement was made by Administrator Linda McMahon, who was appointed earlier this year under the Trump administration.
Coetzee Leslie was recently sworn in at the SBA's headquarters in Washington D.C. with agency staff and her family in attendance.
Coetzee Leslie is an alumnus of the U.S. Naval Academy, having graduated in 1985. Subsequently, she received her MBA (Law) from National University, where she was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award (Criminal Law). She became part of the Navy Reserve in 1993. In 2011, she was recalled to active duty, and then served as the Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) until her confirmation. With this position, she is said to have facilitated the Under Secretary’s leadership of AT&L across the offices of five Assistant Secretaries of Defense, eleven directorates, and several defense agencies.
Administrator McMahon had these words to say about Allie Leslie's appointment: “I applaud President Trump for nominating Althea Coetzee Leslie and to the U.S. Senate for confirming her as SBA Deputy Administrator. 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. On behalf of America’s entrepreneurs and 30 million small businesses I sincerely congratulate Allie and look forward to working with her on SBA priorities.”
Ms. Coetzee Leslie has worked in municipal and state government, retail distribution, medical device manufacturing, and the Department of Defense. She has also been in small business, serving as Manager of Abbott Vascular.
According to the Navy, her active duty sea assignments included roles as disbursing/sales/stock control/repair supply officer, food service officer during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and department head. Active duty shore assignments included Navy Regional Contracting Center, San Diego, as a Navy acquisition contracting officer; and Naval Hospital, Oakland, California, as assistant director for Logistics. Reserve assignments, the Navy says, included five command tours and other staff assignments with Commander, Pacific Fleet; Naval Supply System Command; Commander, Naval Air Forces, Pacific; Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Pacific; Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme, California; Defense Contract Management Agency; and Military Sealift Command.
Her return to active duty was in support of the Global War on Terrorism from September 2001 to February 2002, and then as deputy J4/chief contingency contracting officer for Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa from December 2005 to February 2007. Her assignments also included Exercise Talisman Saber in 2007, where she served as director, Combined Exercise Support Group; and Operation Unified Response in 2010, where she served as N4 in Commander Task Force 41.
Her military career has been a decorated one with awards such as the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (more than once), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three times), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six times), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two times).
Coetzee Leslie's career is impressive. She has impressive management experience to bring to the SBA as she returns to the world of small business in a federal capacity.