Background: Guzman was SBA deputy chief of staff during the Obama-Biden Administration.
- Director California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate
- Currently helping to coordinate California’s economic recovery plan amid the COVID-19 crisis
- Served as senior advisor and deputy chief of staff of the SBA during the Obama-Biden Administration
Isabel Guzman currently serves as the Director of the Office of the Small Business Advocate within the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).
According to an announcement issued by the Biden transition team, Guzman is a lifelong proponent of small businesses. She grew up as the daughter of a small business owner and served within the Obama-Biden Administration as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor in the U.S. Small Business Administration.
In her current role in California, Guzman helps connect entrepreneurs in every community with the resources and capital needed for success and supports small businesses to weather the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to her career in public service, Guzman was a small business entrepreneur herself, an advisor to fellow founders, and an advisor at ProAmérica Bank, the first California-chartered Latino-formed business bank to form in Los Angeles in over 35 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.
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