Elizabeth EcholsRegional Administrator
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Elizabeth Echols was appointed by President Barack Obama as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on August 2, 2010. In addition to her role as Regional Administrator, Ms. Echols serves as Senior Advisor to the Administrator on Clean Tech and Energy Efficiency Initiatives and as a member of the White House Business Council.
Ms. Echols oversees SBA’s programs, services, and 120 employees throughout Region IX, which encompasses California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Guam and the other U.S. territories in the Pacific. SBA plays a leading role helping small business owners and entrepreneurs secure financing, technical assistance, training, and federal contracts. Over the last three fiscal years, Region IX has backed more than 28,000 loans worth over $12 billion.
Ms. Echols has been recognized as a “Mover and Shaker” by Business Week, and received the Gold Medal Award, the highest honor presented by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. She has been profiled in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Wired Magazine, The National Journal, and Working Women Magazine. Ms. Echols received her BA degree with honors in Economics and Political Science from Yale University. She earned her JD from Stanford Law School and served as an editor on the Stanford Law Review.