Althea Coetzee

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Althea Coetzee
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Deputy Administrator of the
Small Business Administration
In office
August 3, 2017 – April 15, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Douglas Kramer
Personal details
Althea Helen Coetzee
Spouse(s) DeWayne Leslie
Education United States Naval Academy
National University
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
United States Navy Reserve
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Rear Admiral

Althea Helen "Allie" Coetzee Leslie is a retired rear admiral in the United States Navy who served as Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration from August 2017 to April 2018. Prior to her role with the Small Business Administration, she served as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.[1][2] Coetzee was confirmed as Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration by the U.S. Senate on August 3, 2017.[3] She resigned as the Deputy Administrator on April 15, 2018.[4]


Coetzee graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985. She went on to receive a Master of Business Administration degree from National University. In graduate school, she was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law. After transitioning to the United States Navy Reserve in 1993, she had a civilian career working in municipal and state government, retail distribution, medical device manufacturing, and the United States Department of Defense. She was recalled to active duty in 2011.[5][6]

Coetzee's military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.[7]


  1. ^ McNeal, Brian (September 6, 2016). "Rear Adm. Althea H. "Allie" Coetzee, Chief of Staff, Under Secretary of Defense (AT &L) Meets with Reserve Supply Personnel". Navy Supply Corps Newsletter. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts". The White House. March 23, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "PN119 — Althea Coetzee — Small Business Administration". U.S. Congress. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Deputy Administrator Allie Leslie Resigns From Small Business Administration - Big League Politics". April 3, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Harding McGill, Margaret (March 4, 2015). "DOD Taps New Head For Defense Procurement Policy". Law 360. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  6. ^ Giaritelli, Anna (March 23, 2017). "Trump nominates US ambassador to Japan and two other posts". Washington Examiner. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "United States Navy Biography". United States Navy. Retrieved May 3, 2017.

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