Earlier this week, Henry Childs II was appointed the new National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.  The MBDA is the “only Federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses.  Mr. Childs will be the 17th National Director of the agency.”

According to a Press Release “In addition to his appointment as the National Director of MBDA, Mr. Childs serves as the Policy Advisor to the White House’s Office of Public Liaison where he leads the Administration’s outreach to the African American community. He also works closely with the Office of American Innovation on economic development issues for urban areas and urban revitalization” Mr Childs is also the former president of the Texas Federation of African American Republicans, and previous Ted Cruz supporter.

“I am honored to be selected by Secretary Ross to lead the Minority Business Development Agency”, said Mr. Childs. “I look forward to working with the dedicated team at MBDA as we blaze the agency’s path into the future.”

Prior to his appointment as the National Director of MBDA, Mr. Childs served as the Economic Development Administration (EDA) Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Initiatives for the U.S. Department of Commerce.  As Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Initiatives, he provided counsel on economic development and fostered partnerships with other federal agencies as well as national and international organizations. Mr. Childs also oversees the Department of Commerce’s $1 billion in supplemental Congressional funds for disaster recovery and readiness grants after the natural disasters of 2017.