U.S. Department of Commerce
Minority Business Development Agency
Office of Business Development
Angela Washington is an experienced executive, with first-hand operational experience and has over twenty years of Federal Government experience, serving six presidential administrations. She held various program and specialized positions in key government agencies such as the Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce. Angela joined the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) in January 1999 in the Office of the National Director, during the Clinton Administration. Currently, she is a Senior Business Development Specialist in the MBDA Office of Business Development (OBD) providing management and technical assistance to businesses domestically and internationally, among other responsibilities.
Her previous role as an Information Technology Specialist spanned over nine years with the MBDA, Office of Information Technology Research and Innovation; honing her invaluable knowledge and experience in the Information Technology sector. Of her myriad of core contributions, she served as lead coordinator of MBDA’s annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED Week), the largest public conference that targets small-to-medium and large minority business enterprises. She was integral in choreographing the critical “Matchmaking” and “Selling to the Federal Government” forums that focus on growing a domestic and global pipeline of opportunities for engaged entrepreneurs. In 2010, Washington identified over $50 billion in public and private sector contractor opportunities for minority-owned businesses.
In 2015 she influenced the MBDA Leadership to create an Inclusive Innovation Initiative, known as I-3, to advance the economic impact of minority firms in today’s top emerging industries. Angela lead an agency-wide initiative designed to connect minority firms and students of color to the R&D resources in the immense network of Federal labs. The main goal of this effort is to create emerging businesses through federal commercialization in top innovation areas such as advanced manufacturing, energy, 3D printing, internet of things, robotics and smart cities.
Her business development methodologies reflect an integrated approach to access capital, public and private contracts and new markets for the purpose of wealth and job creation domestically and internationally. She is an excellent communicator and proactive team leader with a proven successful background in helping minority businesses grow. Angela is known for her innovative business development strategies and excels in assisting Federal Agencies meet their procurement goals, by incorporating highly capable firms into various acquisition programs. As a Business Development Specialist, her most valuable asset is cloaked in the mantra of “Coach, connect and so that you create and close deals”.