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St. Louis District Office | Leadership Biographies

Maureen E. Brinkley, District Director

Maureen Brinkley joined the U.S. Small Business Administration in 1967 and celebrated 54 years with the Agency on September 5, 2021. She was appointed District Director for the St. Louis office in January 2017. In this capacity she is responsible for delivering SBA programs and services to the 54 counties that comprise the eastern half of Missouri and oversees daily operations of the local SBA office in St. Louis, Missouri. Having started with SBA as an administrative clerk, she worked her way to the top position by learning the skills for and serving in every position in the district office, including loan service officer, economic development specialist and business development specialist. Recognized throughout the agency as a subject-matter-expert on the 8(a) Business Development Program, she was the lead on a team that re-wrote the Standard Operating Procedures that govern its execution and was instrumental in bringing World Wide Technology into the 8(a) program back in 1992. Today that company is the largest African American owned firm in the United States and earned $12 billion in revenue in 2019.