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 is focused on expanding MBDA’s impact in global markets and leading minority-owned businesses through digital transformations. To support these goals, MBDA launched the Enterprising Women of Color Initiative, Opportunity Zone Summits, and for the first time ever, MBDA announced a Virtual Business Center grant competition.
Prior to his appointment at MBDA, Director Childs served as the Economic Development Administration Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Initiatives. He also served as the Policy Advisor to the White House Office of Public Liaison. In this role, Director Childs provided leadership for and coordinated the development of the policy agenda for urban America.
Director Childs holds a Juris Doctorate and a graduate certificate in International and Comparative Law from Saint Louis University School of Law.