Lori Gillen

As the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development (OED), Lori is responsible for managing the operations of a division of SBA that supports more than 1 million small businesses every year through a nationwide network of partners and resources, including Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, SCORE, Regional Innovation Clusters, Emerging Leaders, and SBA’s Learning Center. Combined, OED’s resources help entrepreneurs start more than 75,000 new businesses, create more than 130,000 jobs and raise more than $8 billion in capital each year through a network of 15,000 advisors/mentorsin more than 1,400 locations.

Prior to joining SBA in 2014, Lori served as the Managing Director of the Maryland Women’s Business Center, which she co-founded shortly after starting her own MBE-certified consulting business.

As a leader with Montgomery County Government for ten years, Lori started as the Director of the Silver Spring Regional Center at the height of a multi-million dollar revitalization effort before moving to the Office of the County Executive and Department of Economic Development where she led special projects in business and economic development.

For much of the 1990’s Lori led efforts at The Abell Foundation and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, to advance urban policy and business development solutions to create jobs and revitalize the city of Baltimore. She began her career at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (affiliated with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions) before moving to the National Council for Urban Economic Development (now IEDC), where she ran the training program for economic development officials across the country.

With more than 30 years of experience in the field of economic and business development, working with government, non-profit organizations, and the entrepreneurial sector, Lori has managed major public-private initiatives, written or contributed to more than a dozen publications, reports and articles, successfully started three enterprises, helped establish a self-employment loan fund and microenterprise program, led a business incubator, and contributed to a number of efforts to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the United States.

She earned an MBA in Financial Management from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Urban Affairs from George Washington University. Originally from Philadelphia, Lori now lives with her husband and two teenagers in Rockville, Maryland.

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