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Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Civil Rights

Michele Schimpp
Assistant Administrator
Michele Schimpp

Michele Schimpp is the Assistant Administrator of SBA’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights where she serves as the principal advisor to the agency’s senior executive staff regarding workforce diversity and inclusion, equal employment opportunity.

Since joining the Small Business Administration in 2015, and previously over decades with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department, and the U.S. House of Representatives, Michele brings expertise in conflict resolution, human and civil rights, diversity and inclusion, research and development, innovation, investment, job creation, and employee engagement.

In recent years, Michele’s focus has been investment and innovation for small business growth.  As SBA’s Deputy Associate Administrator in the Office of Investment and Innovation, Michele was responsible for a portfolio providing over $8 billion in investment and seed capital each year to multiple thousands of high growth and innovative U.S. small businesses. Prior to joining the SBA, Michele was a founding member of the senior leadership team that established the U.S. Global Development Lab, a new entity within USAID to apply science, technology, innovation and partnerships to help hundreds of millions of people lift themselves out of extreme poverty.

In prior years, Michele specialized in countries in crisis. As USAID’s Deputy Assistant to the Administrator in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, Michele represented USAID’s work in Afghanistan and Pakistan before government agencies, Congress, international donors, the U.N., interest groups, research and academia.  Previously, Michele held a variety of senior management positions with USAID and the State Department, leading groups of experts on democracy and human rights, conflict resolution, economic growth, infrastructure, agriculture, energy, humanitarian assistance, health and education. 

Michele’s interest in human rights and economic growth arose from living in Venezuela during high school.  Soon after, she obtained a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.  Michele was appointed to the U.S. Foreign Service in 1992, with her first assignment in Haiti from 1995-1999.