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UMGC Alumni AssociationSBA Appoints Maria Roat '14 as Chief Information Officer

Maria A. Roat ’14 will serve as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Chief Information Officer (CIO). She started her appointment on October 3, 2016.

Roat joins the SBA from the U.S. Department of Transportation where she served as Chief Technology Officer since August 2014. At the SBA, Roat will oversee the agency’s enterprise IT services, systems, investments and security across an extensive and geographically dispersed user base.

Prior to the Department of Transportation, Roat served for a decade at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a number of capacities, including Federal Risk Management and Authorization Program (FedRAMP) Director, FEMA Deputy CIO, Chief of Staff for the DHS CIO, USCIS Chief Information Security Officer and CIO Chief of Staff, and Deputy Director, Technology Development, for TSA’s Secure Flight Program.

Roat was previously with the U.S. Navy Medical Information Management Command, Norfolk, and other Navy Commands, serving in the areas of enterprise network management and engineering and IT operations.  She retired from the Navy in 2007 with 26 years of active duty and reserve service, during which she obtained the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, Information Systems Technician.  She is a graduate of the University of Maryland (UMUC), Harvard Business School Executive Education Program for Leadership Development, and the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy.

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