Iowa District Director
As the District Director of the SBA’s Iowa District Office, Jayne Armstrong oversees SBA’s financial, business counseling, government contracting programs and other services throughout the state.
Jayne joined the Iowa District Office from the SBA’s Office of Field Operations in Washington, DC. She previously served as the district director of SBA’s Virginia, Delaware and West Virginia District Offices, and as regional advocate of the SBA’s Office of Advocacy, where she coordinated public policy at the federal and state levels and helped to organize the White House Conference on Small Business. She also represented the SBA in Russia during the first formal exchange between U.S. and Russian entrepreneurs.
Prior to her SBA career, Armstrong worked in the advertising, high-tech economic development and higher education development fields. A native of Pittsburgh, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University (WVU), where she served as student body president.
She was recognized on the floor of the U.S. Senate with the “Great Federal Employee Award” for her commitment to small business. She is the recipient of the Risk Management Association’s Business Woman of the Year Award in Virginia, Delaware Today’s Women in Business Award, the New Castle County (DE) Chamber’s Entrepreneurial Advocate of the Year Award and the Delaware YWCA’s Woman of Power, Style and Brilliance Award.
She has been honored on four occasions as Advocate of the Year by National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) chapters in Iowa, Delaware and Virginia. She also was recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) with its Excellence in Communications Award, Girls Inc., of Delaware as its Volunteer of the Year and The State Journal as one of “The 55 Best Things About West Virginia.” She has been appointed to several boards and commissions by three different Governors in West Virginia and Delaware.
Armstrong has served on the boards of a wide variety of non-profits and business organizations throughout her career, with a strong focus on the empowerment of women and girls, college recruiting, student mentoring, economic literacy and homeless issues. She has been an active member of Rotary for 30 years, the National Association of Women Business Owners for 23 years and has served on numerous WVU alumni chapter boards. In her spare time Armstrong is an avid West Virginia Mountaineer football fan and enjoys traveling the world fulfilling bucket lists.