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Gov. Deval Patrick has recently appointed Reginald A. Nunnally as the executive director of the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office formerly known as the State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance. Among his responsibilities are to assist minority- and women-owned small businesses with increasing their capacity to better their ability participate in the state economy.

Nunnally has been involved in economic development for the past 15 years, initially as the executive director of the Grove Hall Neighborhood Development Corporation that spearheaded the redevelopment efforts on Blue Hill Avenue Corridor in Boston.

He was the first executive director for the Enhanced Enterprise Community responsible for processing more than $44 million of federal funds for Empowerment Zone economic development projects.

His career highlights include facilitating the process for the financing of the Mecca Mall in Grove Hall, the South End Health Center, Merengue Restaurant on Blue Hill Avenue, the Best Western Round House Suites and the Hampton Inn Hotel, the first African American owned hotel in Boston and the first hotels to be built in Roxbury since the turn of the century.

These projects created hundreds of new job opportunities for residents living in the inner city. Nunnally was also the creator of Boston Connects Inc. micro loan program geared for existing business and individuals aspiring to start or expand a business within Boston’s Empowerment Zone neighborhoods.

He received his bachelor’s degree in social work from Providence College and completed his graduate studies at Boston University. He also received training at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.