Isabel Guzman facts for kids
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|27th Administrator of the Small Business Administration|
March 17, 2021
|Deputy||Dilawar Syed (nominee)|
|Preceded by||Jovita Carranza|
|Born||1970/1971 (age 51–52)
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Education||University of Pennsylvania (BS)|
Isabella Casillas Guzman (born 1970) is an American government official serving as the administrator of the Small Business Administration in the Biden administration. She assumed office on March 17, 2021. She is the fifth Latina woman to ever have served in the Cabinet of the United States.
Early life and education
Guzman was born in Burbank, California. Guzman is of Mexican ancestry.: she hails from four generations of Texans who originally fled the Mexican Revolution from the states of Aguascalientes and Jalisco, in Mexico. In the 1960s, Guzman's father moved from Texas to Los Angeles. According to a Larta Institute profile, Guzman claims her heritage also includes Jewish, German and possibly Chinese ancestry. Her parents owned a small business.
She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.
Guzman was studio manager and managing partner at Miauhaus Studios from 1998 to 2002, continuing as managing partner through 2010. She served as a deputy appointments secretary in the Office of Governor Gray Davis from 2002 to 2003. She was manager and advisor to founder at Illulian from 2003 to 2005, taking a sabbatical in 2004 to consult during the launch of Fortius Holdings. She was director of strategic initiatives and advisor to founding chairwoman at ProAmerica Bank from 2009 to 2014, then joined the Small Business Administration from 2014 to 2017 as deputy chief of staff. From 2017 to 2019, she worked as an independent consultant working with clients such as the Larta Institute before co-founding and directing GovContractPros in 2018.
Beginning April 2019, Guzman served as the director of California's Office of the Small Business Advocate, a department within the California Governor's Office of Economic Development.
On January 7, 2021, it was announced that Guzman would be President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for administrator of the Small Business Administration. Guzman was reported out of the Senate Small Business Committee by a 15–5 vote, and confirmed on March 16, 2021, in a 81–17 vote of the United States Senate.