Maria Roat

Chief Information Officer

Small Business Administration

Maria A Roat has more than 25 years of federal service. She became the Small Business Administration Chief Information Officer in October 2016 bringing more than 30 years of professional experience in information technology. Ms. Roat served more than 2 years as the U.S. Department of Transportation Chief Technology Officer, and for 10 years at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) joining in June 2004 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.

Ms. Roat has 5 years of private sector experience and served with the Department of the Navy in the areas of enterprise network management and engineering, and network and security operations.

Ms. Roat retired from the U.S. Navy in 2007, with 26 years of active duty and reserve service, in which she obtained the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, Information Systems Technician.