Filipino-American Geri Aglipay named Biden’s regional business administrator

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Filipina-American community leader and small business advocate Geri Sanchez Aglipay is the new SBA regional administrator for Region 5 in the United States. Photo from Geri Sanchez Aglipay FB.

Filipina-American leader Geri Sanchez Aglipay has been appointed by United States President Joe Biden to serve in a key regional leadership role at the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Aglipay was named the new SBA regional administrator for Region 5 which covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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The Fil-Am community leader was among the key regional appointees of the SBA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), reflecting the United States President’s commitment to an administration that represents the diversity of America and the communities they serve.

Aglipay and her fellow appointees were chosen for their expertise on issue areas, as well as for their critical relationships with federal, state, tribal, and local leaders.

Aglipay’s role will also be critical to the United States President’s efforts to “rebuild communities most impacted by the pandemic, the economic recovery, and climate change,” according to the White House announcement on January 27, 2022.

Aglipay, a second-generation American and a daughter of a veteran, has over 20 years of experience in the workforce, entrepreneurship, and economic development. She is passionate about strengthening collaborative innovation across sectors and industries to create more equitable paths to financial security for small business owners and the self-employed, especially to create a level playing field for socially and economically disadvantaged communities.

Prior to the SBA, Aglipay served as Director of the Midwest Region and National Manager of Women’s Entrepreneurship for Small Business Majority, where she expanded and directed the organization’s strategic education programs, policy, research, and financial development efforts in the Midwest and oversaw women’s entrepreneurship nationwide to address disparities.

Aglipay also served as commissioner of the Cook County Commission for Social Innovation, co-chair of Racial Wealth Gap Committee of Financial Inclusion for All Illinois, and on the advisory council of HHS NIOSH Center of Excellence UIC Center for Healthy Work. She is a graduate of Bradley University.

Filipina leaders were earlier named to top government posts under the administration of new United States President Joe Biden, an affirmation of the government’s track towards diversity in America’s leadership.

Three Filipinas are also set to be officially appointed to be members of United States President Joe Biden’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) to combat anti-Asian hate and violence in the United States.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Filipina-American community leader and small business advocate Geri Sanchez Aglipay for being appointed to serve in a key regional leadership role at the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) by President Joe Biden.

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