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Dawn Golik

District Director
Dawn Golik

Following a successful career in municipal government and non profit administration, Dawn Golik’s federal tenure began in 1999 when she was selected as a Community Builder Fellow under a joint fellowship program between the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

After completing a two year Community Builder Fellowship, Dawn was hired by HUD, and spent the next eleven years in the Fresno Field Office, leading housing, community, and economic development initiatives across the San Joaquin Valley. She was the 2008 HUD Employee of the Year for Region IX, and left HUD in 2011 as the Acting Director of the Fresno HUD Office to become the Chief of Public Affairs for Veteran’s Administration (VA) Central California Healthcare System.

As Chief of Public Affairs, Dawn managed press, digital media, branding, marketing, and communications for the VA’s Central California Health Care System. Under her leadership, VA Central California received a prestigious Veterans Administration Excellence in Communications Award for outstanding media relations. Additionally, Dawn brought national attention to VA Central California programs via stories on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as numerous cover stories in regional and local newspapers.  Dawn also served as Acting Communications Director and Congressional Relations Officer for the VA’s VISN21 Regional Office. 

In 2012, Golik joined the U.S. Small Business Administration as Deputy Director for the Fresno District. She manages the SBA’s lending, government contracting, and community outreach initiatives for 15 California Counties.  Since September of 2016, she has also served as SBA’s Acting Communications Director for Region IX. 

A nearly 30 year resident of Fresno, Golik graduated CSU Fresno, is married to a small business owner, and mother of two young daughters. A writer and a regular contributor to the Fresno Bee’s Valley Voices Editorial section, her stories reflect a deep love for food, family, and agricultural life in California’s San Joaquin Valley.