Isabel Guzman, Director, Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development
Isabel Casillas Guzman brings over 20 years of experience advising entrepreneurs, launching ventures, helping small businesses navigate the federal government, and creating policies and programs to help advance entrepreneurship and innovation. In her work with growth-minded firms, she brings expertise in public and private supply chains, capital markets, international trade, and strategic growth and operations. Isabel is the former Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Small Business Administration where she was part of the senior leadership team responsible for advancing the nation’s small businesses through capital, contracting and advisory services. Prior to the SBA, Isabel developed strategic initiatives at ProAmerica Bank, a commercial bank serving small and mid-sized businesses and offering consultative services along with growth capital. She has served in leadership roles in state government, as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies, co-founded two businesses, and managed a Fortune 100’s divisional supply chain. Isabel is an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of Business.