Sandy Baruah

President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

Under Sandy Baruah’s leadership, the Chamber focuses on four strategic priorities: economic development, regional collaboration, education reform and membership value.

Baruah joined the Chamber in 2010 after a distinguished career in Washington, D.C. He served as President George W. Bush’s last Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In this role,  Baruah was one of the senior officials shaping the federal government’s response to the 2008 credit crisis and assistance to the U.S. automotive industry.

Prior to leading the SBA, Baruah served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce. He led 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 Organization for ReEconomic Cooperation.

Baruah holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon and a Master of Business Administration from Willamette University. Baruah serves on the boards of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, Wavepoint Ventures, Detroit Economic Club, Automotive Hall of Fame and Spain’s Orkestra – Institute of Competitiveness and Development.


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