As National Ombudsman, Michele Schimpp’s role is to help small businesses when they experience excessive or unfair federal regulatory enforcement actions. As an impartial liaison, the Office of the National Ombudsman works across the federal government to address the concerns of small businesses, small government entities, and small nonprofits to help them succeed.
Michele Schimpp has extensive experience managing U.S. Government organizations to support job creation, innovation, competitiveness, and economic growth. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Investment and Innovation where she was responsible for leading the Agency’s investment and innovation programs to provide the high-growth U.S. small business community with access to capital and R&D funding. She has also served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade, where she helped U.S. small businesses to grow by reaching new customers in the global marketplace, and as Assistant Administrator responsible for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights. Prior to SBA, she served with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department, and the U.S. House of Representatives where she led programs and partnerships with the private sector, foundations, universities, federal and state agencies, as well as foreign legislatures and governments.
Ms. Schimpp holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.