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SBA Ombudsman Bio_Esther Vassar

SBA Ombudsman Bio_Esther Vassar

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Biography of Esther H. Vassar, the U.S Small Business Administration National Ombudsman and Assistant Administrator of Regulatory Enforcement Fairness

Esther H. Vassar was appointed National Ombudsman and Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Enforcement Fairness for the U. S. Small Business Administration in August 2009. In her former roles as director of a state regulatory agency and Virginia’s Department of Minority Business Enterprise, owner of two small businesses, and her prominent roles working with businesses and community organizations, Ms. Vassar brings first hand experiences that will greatly enhance the communication and relationships between small businesses and federal regulatory agencies.
Biography of Esther H. Vassar, the U.S Small Business Administration National Ombudsman and Assistant Administrator of Regulatory Enforcement Fairness

Esther H. Vassar was appointed National Ombudsman and Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Enforcement Fairness for the U. S. Small Business Administration in August 2009. In her former roles as director of a state regulatory agency and Virginia’s Department of Minority Business Enterprise, owner of two small businesses, and her prominent roles working with businesses and community organizations, Ms. Vassar brings first hand experiences that will greatly enhance the communication and relationships between small businesses and federal regulatory agencies.

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Ombudsman Biohttp://archive.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/ombudsman/ombudsmanbio/index.html[2/23/2011 5:16:41 PM]
Esther H. VassarU.S Small Business Administration National Ombudsman andAssistant Administrator of Regulatory Enforcement Fairness
Esther H. Vassar was appointed National Ombudsman and Assistant Administrator forRegulatory Enforcement Fairness for the U. S. Small Business Administration in August2009. In her former roles as director of a state regulatory agency and Virginia’sDepartment of Minority Business Enterprise, owner of two small businesses, and herprominent roles working with businesses and community organizations, Ms. Vassar bringsfirst hand experiences that will greatly enhance the communication and relationshipsbetween small businesses and federal regulatory agencies.Vassar, a three time gubernatorial appointee, is a graduate of Howard University,University of Virginia, and Harvard University Executive Program for State Officials,Virginia Executive Institute and Leadership Metro Richmond.Prior to her appointment as National Ombudsman, Vassar serves as Commissioner ofthe Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, a regulatory agency with morethat 2,000 employees and 344+ retail liquor stores.  She was first appointed to thisposition by Governor Mark Warner in 2002 and was reappointed as Chair of the Board in2006 by Governor Tim Kaine.  As alcohol commissioner, Vassar led underage drinkingand driving public service campaigns, the alcohol education programs, and establishedpartnerships with the U.S. Army and the Norfolk Naval Base to develop programs andprovide information to military personnel about the prevention of alcohol abuse and drunkdriving.  Vassar’s leadership created  partnerships among the military, state agencies,and the alcohol industry that produced two programs that won national recognition andawards:  “The Safe Ride Home” program for the military and the “Alcohol and Aging:  TheBest Is Yet To Come” program.Prior to joining ABC, from 1994-2002, Vassar was president and CEO of E.H. VassarEnterprises in Newport News, an organization specializing in political consulting, fund-raising, event planning and corporate training.  Her clients included Dominion VirginiaPower, the City of Richmond, Bell Atlantic, and many others.In 1990, Vassar was the gubernatorial appointee of Governor L. Douglas Wilder incharge of directing the Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise.  In this role,Vassar administered the state's minority business procurement efforts, and she alsocreated and executed the governor's African trade initiatives and monitored thepurchasing procedures of all state agencies.HomeAbout Us
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