Baruah served as President George W. Bush’s last (acting) Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). In this role, he was responsible for the SBA’s $18 billion small business loan portfolio.
Prior to leading the SBA, Baruah served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce. In this role he led the federal government’s domestic economic development program, the Economic Development Administration (EDA), served as the Senior Advisor to Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez regarding the 2010 Census and represented the U.S. at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. Baruah led the development and implementation of the Agency’s award winning balanced scorecard.
Prior to his service in the Bush Administration, Baruah was a corporate mergers and acquisitions consultant for the Performance Consulting Group. He also served in the Administration of President George H. W. Bush (1989–1993) and was on the staff of U.S. Senator Bob Packwood (Oregon).
After leaving his most recent government service in early 2009, he was a Distinguished Fellow at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, a Washington, D.C.–based think tank composed exclusively of corporate CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders.
In 2010, Baruah was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Regional Chamber. The Detroit Regional Chamber is the largest local chamber of commerce in the United States.
- Hoover, Kent (June 25, 2008). "Commerce official picked to lead SBA". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
- "Sandy K. Baruah - Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development". United States Department of Commerce.
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