West Virginia District Office | Leadership Biographies

Karen Friel, District Director

Karen Friel

Karen Friel is the district director for the U. S. Small Business Administration.  As an executive leader of the District, Karen works to provide effective leadership, management, and oversight to optimize the deployment of SBA programs and services and to better serve the Small Business Community.  Prior to becoming the deputy, Karen was formerly the lead business development specialist involved with marketing and outreach and former administrative officer for the West Virginia District Office.  She has both indirectly and directly overseen the agency budget for spending in West Virginia. 

Prior to joining the SBA, Friel was a commercial loan processor for ten years with multiple banking institutions in West Virginia

Karen is a graduate of Fairmont State University and has multiple degrees in marketing, management, and business administration.