Sandy Baruah

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Sandy Baruah
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Administrator of the Small Business Administration
In office
June 5, 2008 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Steve Preston
Succeeded by Darryl Hairston (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1965-04-03) April 3, 1965 (age 53)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Republican
Education University of Oregon (BS)
University of Virginia
Willamette University (MBA)

Santanu K. "Sandy" Baruah is an American politician from the state of Oregon and is the president and chief executive officer of the Detroit Regional Chamber.


Baruah served as President George W. Bush’s last (acting) Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA).[1] In this role, he was responsible for the SBA’s $18 billion small business loan portfolio.

Prior to leading the SBA, Baruah served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce.[2] In this role he led the federal government’s domestic economic development program, the Economic Development Administration (EDA), served as the Senior Advisor to Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez regarding the 2010 Census and represented the U.S. at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. Baruah led the development and implementation of the Agency’s award winning balanced scorecard.

Prior to his service in the Bush Administration, Baruah was a corporate mergers and acquisitions consultant for the Performance Consulting Group. He also served in the Administration of President George H. W. Bush (1989–1993) and was on the staff of U.S. Senator Bob Packwood (Oregon).

After leaving his most recent government service in early 2009, he was a Distinguished Fellow at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, a Washington, D.C.–based think tank composed exclusively of corporate CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders.

Sandy K. Baruah holds a B.S. from the University of Oregon and a MBA from Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

In 2010, Baruah was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Regional Chamber. The Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest regional chambers of commerce in the United States.[3]


  1. ^ Hoover, Kent (June 25, 2008). "Commerce official picked to lead SBA". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  2. ^ "Sandy K. Baruah - Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development". United States Department of Commerce.
  3. ^ Regional Chamber, Detroit. "Who We Are". Detroit Regional Chamber. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Preston
Administrator of the Small Business Administration

Succeeded by
Darryl Hairston
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