Karen Burgess

Karen recently retired from the federal government with 31 years of service.  She served her last twenty years with the Small Business Administration (SBA), serving in various departments, including SBA’s disaster and home loan programs, Outreach programs, and most recently as the District Team Lead responsible for the full scope of the Agency’s government contracting and business development programs.  The Lead and team are dedicated to implementing and optimizing all SBA certification programs, including the 8(a) program, the HUBZone Program, and the Women Owned Small Business Program (WOSB).  Karen provided oversight and guidance for business development assistance to a portfolio of 8(a) certified firms.

Prior to the SBA, Karen was employed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in Irvine, California as a Liquidation Specialist.

Karen received her Bachelors in Business Management from Redlands University, Redlands, California.

Karen loves the outdoors and is an avid runner.