|z13GB: Mauricio Vera, USAID|
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Mauricio P. Vera is a career member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). In this role, Mr. Vera leads USAID’s efforts to provide maximum opportunities for small businesses to participate in agency contract awards through outreach, education, and creative procurement initiatives. Under Mr. Vera’s leadership, USAID achieved significant and unprecedented increases in its small business accomplishments. Specifically, USAID earned an "A” grade from the SBA on its SBA scorecard for FY 2011, a significant improvement from the "C” grade it received in FY 2010 and the "F” in FY 2009.
Mr. Vera was recently re-elected to serve as Chair of the Federal OSDBU Directors Interagency Council for FY 2013, after having also served in this capacity in FY 2010 and 2011.
From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Vera managed the Small Business Program at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Vera established and managed the Smithsonian Institution’s Supplier Diversity Program. Mr. Vera, a native of Chile, has an MBA from George Mason University and a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland.