Pittsburgh District Office | Leadership Biographies

Dr. Kelly Hunt, District Director

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Dr. Kelly A. Hunt is serving as the district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Pittsburgh District Office where she is responsible for the delivery and leadership of the agency's financial and business development programs throughout the western 27 counties of Pennsylvania. 


Prior to her SBA appointment, Hunt was employed at California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U.) where she spearheaded a strategic initiative to improve the overall entrepreneurial culture of the university community, which included the creation of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center and Student Incubator. During her tenure at Cal U, Kelly also worked in the Office of Sponsored Programs, focusing on the post-award administration of the University’s grants and contracts.


Additionally, she spent five years as a development specialist at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission where she implemented community and economic development initiatives throughout a nine-county region. Her work experience also includes curriculum development and instruction, having taught numerous undergraduate and non-credit courses in leadership, management, and business.


An entrepreneur herself, Kelly has hands-on experience in starting and operating businesses in Pennsylvania.  She also is involved in social entrepreneurship initiatives, through which she passionately inspires others to pursue entrepreneurship on a global level.  


An Air Force veteran, Kelly served more than nine years as a security policeman. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems management and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.  Kelly recently completed her doctoral degree in organizational leadership.   


A native of Washington County, Pa., Hunt serves on a leadership team for four local organizations and has traveled internationally to help communities around the world. Hunt has been married to her husband, Terry, for almost 30 years; they are the parents of three grown children and are grandparents to four granddaughters.