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Region IX | Leadership

Dawn Golik

Acting Regional Communications Director
Dawn Golik

Following a successful career in municipal government and non profit administration, Dawn Golik’s federal tenure began in 1999 when she was selected as a Community Builder Fellow under a joint fellowship program between the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

After completing a two year Community Builder Fellowship, Dawn was hired by HUD’s Fresno Field Office and spent the next eleven years in California’s San Joaquin Valley, leading housing, community, and economic development initiatives. She left HUD in 2011 as the Acting Director of the Fresno HUD Office to become the Chief of Public Affairs for VA Central California Healthcare System.

As Chief of Public Affairs, Dawn managed media, branding, marketing, and communications for the VA’s Central California Health Care System. Under her leadership, VA Central California received a 2012 Veterans Administration Excellence in Communications Award for outstanding media relations. Additionally, Dawn brought national attention to VA Central California programs via stories on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as numerous cover stories in regional and local newspapers.  Dawn also served as Acting Communications and Congressional Relations Officer for the VA’s VISN21 Regional Office. 

Dawn Golik joined the SBA as Deputy District Director for the Fresno Office in November of 2012, and manages the SBA’s Lender Relations, government contracting, and community outreach initiatives for 15 California Counties.  She is the Public Affairs Officer for the Fresno District Office, a writer, and a regular contributor to the Fresno Bee’s Valley Voices Editorial section where her stories reflect a deep love for food, family, and agricultural life in the San Joaquin Valley.