Karen Gordon Mills (born September 14, 1953) served as the 23rd Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). She was nominated by President-elect Barack Obama on December 19, 2008, confirmed unanimously by the Senate on April 2, 2009, and sworn in on April 6, 2009. During her tenure, her office was elevated to the rank of Cabinet-level officer, expanding her power on policy decisions and granting her access to cabinet meetings. On February 11, 2013 Mills announced her resignation as Administrator of the SBA.
Mills is the daughter of Ellen (née Rubin), the present CEO of Tootsie Roll since 2015, and Melvin Gordon, the President and CEO of Tootsie Roll Industries from 1962 until 2015. She has a B.A. in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is married to Barry Mills, the president of Bowdoin College, and has three sons...
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