THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES GINGER EHN LEW TO BE DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR OF THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
President Clinton announced today his intent to nominate Ginger Ehn Lew to become Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration. Effective March 18, she will begin to serve as Acting Deputy Administrator.
Ginger Ehn Lew of California is currently the general counsel of the Department of Commerce with management responsibility for more than 375 attorneys and legal professionals. She has played an important role in many critical areas such as international trade negotiations, technology, and intellectual property issues. Prior to joining the Administration, Ms. Lew worked with a small start-up technology business based in San Francisco. As their vice president and general counsel, Ms. Lew was involved in all phases of this small business' operations. Previously, she was a principal with Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst & Young) and worked primarily with large, medium and small technology companies. Ms. Lew has been active in civic and Asian Pacific-American community organizations in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Ms. Lew received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles and her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
"Ms. Lew brings a unique blend of business and government expertise to the SBA. Her hands-on experience and excellent understanding of the needs of the small business community will be an invaluable addition to this agency," President Clinton said.
The Small Business Administration was created as an independent agency to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise, and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA administers $29 billion of loans, $4 billion in venture capital portfolios, a broad array of small business and disaster assistance programs, and 106 field offices.