Live Oak Bank
Erin has 13 years of experience in economic and workforce development, management consulting, entrepreneurship, and policy. She is currently the Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), serving as the senior executive service presidential appointee responsible for women’s entrepreneurship issues as head of the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership. She manages funding lines in excess of $15M in support of 106 Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) across the country. She also increases participation of women in SBA programs through a specific focus on lending, investing, innovation, exporting, and contracting.
Erin is interested in increasing the number of women in venture capital. She sits on the White House Council on Women and Girls, and created InnovateHER at the SBA to address the dual challenges of increasing the number of women in the investment space and the need for more innovations that enhance women’s lives.
Previously, Erin launched the Regional Innovation Clusters Initiative at SBA, and worked for the governor of Iowa at the National Governors Association, at Booz Allen Hamilton, and at an economic development group in Pittsburgh.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Erin is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where she earned a BS in business administration with a double major in ethics and history from the Tepper School of Business. She also holds an MS in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School of Public Policy.
Erin is Co-Founder of the Pines Farm Hops business with her brother, Jesse, in West Point, Indiana. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, camping, and playing intramural sports.
Erin served her fellowship at the SBA under the mentorship of Javier Saade; she is a member of Class 20.