Mr. Henry Childs, II was appointed as the National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), on September 4, 2018. Director Childs will be the 17th National Director of the agency. In his new role, Director Childs will continue to vigorously pursue growth opportunities for minorities as well as the country as a whole.
Established by an Executive Order in 1969, MBDA is the only Federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses.
In addition to his role as MBDA National Director, Director Childs will continue to serve as the Policy Advisor to the White House Office of Public Liaison. He also works closely with the White House Office of American Innovation on economic development issues for urban communities and urban revitalization.
Prior to his appointment at MBDA, Mr. Childs served as the Economic Development Administration (EDA) Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Initiatives. In this role, he advised EDA on economic development issues and fostered partnerships with other federal agencies, as well as national and international economic development organizations. He also coordinated the Department of Commerce’s $1 billion supplemental Congressional funds for disaster recovery and readiness grants after the natural disasters of 2017.
Now planted in Washington D.C., Director Childs brings a steep background in law, economic development, and grassroots community initiatives. Throughout his career he has been a steadfast advocate for jobs for all Americans, specifically for people who were disproportionately affected by the recession, making appearances on Good Morning America, CBS, and NBC, and as a political correspondent for Vice Media. His passion to create prosperity for distressed businesses and communities is the foundation for his continued work in economic development and growing businesses to scale.
Prior to his appointment at the Department of Commerce, Mr. Childs practiced law in Austin, TX and worked for various campaigns throughout the state before joining President Trump’s Administration in February 2017.
Director Childs holds a Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law and a graduate certificate in International and Comparative Law.