A. John Shoraka is the Managing Director of PilieroMazza Advisory Services, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to advancing the interests of small businesses, tribal organizations, ANCs, state and local governments, and international entities in the public sector marketplace. Formerly the Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development (GCBD) at the U.S. Small Business Administration, Shoraka’s knowledge of the government contracting marketplace derives from decades of both infield private and public sector practice.
As outgoing Associate Administrator of SBA/GCBD, Shoraka was responsible for overseeing the federal government’s small business set-aside programs. His responsibilities included the Business Development / 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB, and SDVOSB programs. He was also responsible for the Office of Size Standards, the federal government’s small business procurement goaling program, as well as the federal government’s small business prime and subcontracting programs.
Shoraka worked closely with the White House, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and Senior Administration officials in crafting best practices for accomplishing small business procurement goals.
Shoraka has deep understanding of the federal government contracting legislative and regulatory landscape. He was responsible for implementing procurement provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act as well as the National Defense Authorization Acts of FY13-16. He represented the SBA and the Obama Administration in hearings before Congress including hearings with the House Small Business Committee, House Armed Services Committee, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Prior to his role as the Associate Administrator, Mr. Shoraka served as Regional Administrator for the SBA. As Regional Administrator for Region 3, Mr. Shoraka was responsible for the delivery and management of SBA’s small business programs, financial assistance, and business development program initiatives throughout the region.
Mr. Shoraka previously served as vice president at The Aries Group in Silver Spring, Md., a business and financial consulting firm where he was responsible for implementing multi-year projects throughout the world.
Prior to accepting the appointment as Regional Administrator, he served as chair of the Small Business Association for International Contractors, where he represented 26 small business contractors that provide services to the United States Agency for International Development.