Caitlin Cain


Caitlin Cain - Region VI Advocate


Caitlin Cain is the Office of Advocacy’s regional advocate for Region VI, covering the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. She is the Chief Counsel’s direct link to small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, trade associations, and small business organizations in the five state region.


Cain is both an urban planner and a certified economic development professional. Most recently, she operated her own company which specialized in strategic planning and complex project management.  From 2003 to 2010 she served as the Economic Development Director of the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission (RPC), where she secured multi-million dollar public and private investments and guided the revitalization of major recovery areas including a burgeoning medical district, commercial corridors and complex infrastructure investments throughout the region.


Prior to her work at the RPC, Cain also served as both a retail/market analyst and urban planner for a major design firm in Detroit, MI.  Ms. Cain has been recognized as a two time recipient as “Women of the Year” by City Business Magazine and was honored as the “Star of the Southwest” by the Economic Development Administration; she remains an active member of numerous professional associations and boards. Ms. Cain received a master of urban planning degree from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s from the University of Toronto. Ms. Cain resides in New Orleans, Louisiana with her daughter, two cats and one (rather hyper) labradoodle.

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The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. The presidentially appointed chief counsel for advocacy advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers. Regional advocates and an office in Washington, D.C., support the chief counsel’s efforts. To learn more, visit, or call (202) 205-6533.



May 2012

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