Alicia Robb is a senior fellow with the Kauffman Foundation. She is also a research associate with the University of California at Santa Cruz and a visiting scholar with both the Basque Institute for Competitiveness in San Sebastian, Spain, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She is the founder and past executive director and board chair of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, an international development organization working in Latin America, Africa, and India.
Robb received her MS and PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has previously worked with the Office of Economic Research in the Small Business Administration and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. A leading expert in small business financing in the United States, she has participated in small and medium enterprise (SME) financing initiatives by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the G20 Working Group on SME financing. She also writes prolifically on entrepreneurship and is the coauthor of Race and Entrepreneurial Success and A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Businesses.
She serves on the Board of the National Advisory Council for Minority Business Enterprise, the advisory board for global entrepreneurship week, and is a guest contributor to outlets such as The Huffington Post and Forbes. A longtime vegetarian and animal rights advocate, Robb is currently working on a line of vegan cheeses that will satisfy even the most finicky foodies.