David J. Byrd was appointed as the National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) on June 15th. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced Byrd, former National Deputy Director, as the 18th National Director of the agency, which is solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses.
Secretary Ross spoke to Byrd’s extensive track record in public service and hailed his entrepreneurial journey.
“David’s vast experience in public service and as an entrepreneur are true assets to MBDA and the Department of Commerce,” said Secretary Ross. “In his new role, I fully expect him to continue to provide the type of leadership that will lay the foundation to usher in the next 50 years of opportunities and growth for minorities as well as the country as a whole.”
Byrd joined MBDA in October 2019 as the National Deputy Director responsible for overseeing the day-to-day departmental operations and establishing a streamlined information portal to track Agency milestones and program execution. As MBDA National Director, Byrd will oversee the development and implementation of Agency initiatives, policy agenda, and federal grant programs.
“I am honored to be selected by Secretary Ross to lead the Minority Business Development Agency”, said Mr. Byrd. “I am proud to take the helm as the National Director following several of my career mentors who were instrumental in shaping the mission and strategic direction of MBDA since its founding in 1969. I look forward to continuing the Agency’s work ensuring the resiliency and growth of America’s minority-owned firms today, tomorrow, and for future generations of minority entrepreneurs.”
Prior to accepting the fourth presidential appointment of his career at MBDA, Byrd served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy Development, at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. His more than 28-year career in public service has included executive positions at the county, state, and federal levels.
Byrd also founded Byrd’s Eye, LLC, a consulting firm that offers government relations and political consulting, as well as life skills and executive coaching services. Byrd, a Certified Professional Coach, has used his skills to work with homeless families and individuals and incarcerated youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.