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Small Business Administration Announces Appointment of Julie Clowes as San Francisco SBA District Director

Release Date: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Release Number: 
Dawn Golik,

SAN FRANCISCO –  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced the appointment of Julie Clowes as Director of the SBA’s San Francisco District Office.  An attorney with broad experience in SBA programs, Clowes will oversee the delivery of entrepreneur services in the San Francisco District’s 14 county Bay Area region.

 “Julie Clowes is an experienced leader who understands the challenges of small business owners who want to start and grow companies in the Bay area,” said SBA Region IX Administrator Michael Vallante.  “Julie will be a strong advocate for the San Francisco District’s business community.”

Clowes was previously Deputy District Director of SBA’s Washington Metropolitan Area District Office where she managed SBA’s programs and services within the greater DC area. Formerly the chief marketing and outreach attorney with the SBA’s Office of General Counsel, she handled issues impacting SBA’s outreach efforts including external agency partnerships, e-government and use of social media. 

Clowes began her SBA career in 1997 as the Public Affairs Specialist for the Michigan District Office.  Prior to joining SBA she spent three years with the Michigan Small Business Development Center as an International Trade Specialist where she co-authored Trade Secrets: The Export Answer Book.  Julie is a graduate of the Excellence in Government Fellowship program and has a BA in International Studies from Bradley University, Peoria, IL and an MBA and JD from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. 

Julie volunteers for many colon cancer advocacy initiatives and helped establish the Scope It Out 5K Run/Walk for Colon Cancer Awareness in Washington DC.  

As the Small Business Administration’s San Francisco Director, Clowes will be a champion for the region’s entrepreneurs, expand access to SBA programs by under-served communities, increase utilization of SBA services across the Bay Area, and manage staff in the SBA’s San Francisco Office. 


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