SBA’s Jordan Heading to OMB, Could Replace Gordon

Joseph Jordan, the associate administrator of government contracting and business development at the Small Business Administration, will join the Office of Management and Budget as a senior advisor to Chief Performance Officer Jeff Zients and is speculated to replace Dan Gordon as the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The Administration plans for Gordon’s Deputy Lesley Field to serve as acting administrator starting on January 1.

Jordan will advice Zients and his senior staff on policy and procurement matters in his new role. He will officially leave SBA on December 9.

Gordon announced last month that he will leave his post later this year to become associate dean for government contracts law at the George Washington University Law School.

At SBA, Jordan had the important position of overseeing the government set-aside contracting programs such as 8(a) and HUBZone. He was instrumental in getting a woman-owned business set-aside for contractors in 2010 and creating harsher penalties for contractors that abused the set-aside program.


SBA Region 3 Administrator John Shoraka will take Jordan’s place at SBA.

Jordan’s bio:

Joseph G. Jordan was appointed as Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration in March 2009. His team supports thousands of small businesses every year as they compete for over $500 Billion in federal prime contracts.

Mr. Jordan has a strong track record of success as an entrepreneur and an expert in marketing, media and public relations.

Prior to joining SBA, Mr. Jordan was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. At McKinsey, he specialized in developing purchasing and supply management strategies for clients across several industries. He also worked in the firm’s public sector practice, advising state governments on how to cut costs and capture efficiencies. Mr. Jordan previously worked as a consultant at Corrigan Communications in Boston. In that role, he led marketing strategies, media campaigns, and crisis management plans for clients primarily in the non-profit and elder care sectors.

In 2000, Mr. Jordan built and managed operations of Backwire, a Web-based publisher-marketer which quickly grew to 3 million subscribers. When the company was purchased by Leap Wireless, he transitioned to become Leap’s project manager for strategic planning and product development. He managed advertising sales, marketing, business development and data operations within the company’s telephone entertainment network.

From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Jordan was an associate producer on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” In that position, he helped select topics, produce show segments, and brief guests who appeared on the daily news show.

Mr. Jordan is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts (B.A., political science) and the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration in Charlottesville, Virginia (M.B.A.) where he was a recipient of the William Michael Shermet Award. His interests include volleyball, travel and The Boston Red Sox.

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