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SBA Pioneer as First Black Woman in Job Set to Exit Biden Team

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Natalie Madeira Cofield
Natalie Madeira CofieldSource: US Small Business Administration

Natalie Madeira Cofield, assistant administrator at the US Small Business Administration and one of the highest-ranking Black women in President Joe Biden’s administration, is leaving her role on Friday to return to the private sector.

Madeira Cofield helped design SBA’s $100 million Community Navigator Pilot Program, designed to help underrepresented groups access government resources, like financial assistance, contract procurement and marketing, that are critical for small businesses, but that minorities have long faced barriers in receiving. The program is part of an initiative in the American Rescue Plan that Biden signed in March 2021.