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SBA Appoints Miryam Barajas as Region IX Communications Director

The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced the appointment of Miryam Barajas as Communications Director for SBA Region IX covering California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Guam, and American Samoa.

“The SBA serves more than 4.8 million small business owners in this Region which includes the world’s most dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Region IX Administrator Michael Vallante. “Miryam will play a key leadership role in the region as the SBA helps small businesses up, scale up, create jobs, and continue this country’s unprecedented economic growth,” said Vallante.

Barajas will lead SBA’s press, branding, social media, and communications initiatives for the Region which includes nine SBA district offices in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii.  She will serve as the agency’s bilingual spokesperson in Region IX, and develop strategic opportunities to showcase the impacts of SBA programs that connect small business owners with capital and loans, support them obtaining government contracts, and provide them with free consulting and counseling from SBA resource partners.

A seasoned communications professional, Barajas joined SBA after working for the State of California Water Quality Control Board as an information officer where she served as spokesperson to local, state and national media on all issues related to water quality, including communicating to rural communities on groundwater contamination.

Previously, Barajas worked as executive director to California’s organ donor registry where she implemented the non-profit’s partnership with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Under her leadership, the registry grew from 100,000 registered donors to nearly 8 million, making it the largest in the nation.

Barajas graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Master of Arts in Political Science, and California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Barajas is fluent in Spanish.  She can be reached at miryam.barajas@sba.gov

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

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