Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Natalia Olson-Urtecho is Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Appointed in 2012 by President Obama, she is responsible for delivery and management of small business programs, financial assistance, and business development initiatives throughout the mid-Atlantic region. She serves a population of nearly 30 million in seven district offices throughout DE, MD, PA, VA, WV, and Washington, D.C. Olson-Urtecho oversees more than 180 SBA offices, SCORE chapters, Business Development Centers, and other resources while managing a field staff of more than 100 loan, business, community outreach specialists and support personnel. She works with local lenders and successful firms across the region, overseeing more than $34.2B in federal government contracts for goods and services purchased from local entrepreneurs.
Olson-Urtecho has more than 18 years of experience working with international, regional and local entities in the mid-Atlantic region and abroad in Latin America, Central Europe and Asia. While at the U.S. Department of State, Olson-Urtecho worked in Budapest, Hungary, on NATO accession, economic and political policies, environmental issues, science and technology property rights, infrastructure development and served as chief of protocol.
She was previously appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the U.S. Innovation Advisory Board and by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and Zoning Code Commission.
She holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design and a bachelor’s in political science from Northeastern University.