Alicia Robb is a senior research fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The author of Race, Families and Business Success: African-American, Asian-, and White-Owned Businesses, A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Businesses, and numerous book chapters and journal articles, Robb is a leading expert in small business financing in the United States, participating in small and medium enterprise (SME) financing initiatives by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the G20 Working Group on SME financing, and the European Central Bank. With special expertise in women and minority entrepreneurship, she currently sits on the National Advisory Council for Minority Business Enterprises. She is also a research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Basque Institute for Competitiveness.
Robb's main research interests are entrepreneurial finance and high-growth entrepreneurship. She is currently working on her third and fourth books--one on high-growth women's entrepreneurship and another on what we know about entrepreneurship in America. She is also researching best practices of entrepreneurship education and training for high-growth entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, Robb served as an economist for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and for the Office of Economic Research at the U.S. Small Business Administration.
An entrepreneur herself, Robb founded the Foundation for Sustainable Development in 1995, an international grassroots organization dedicated to supporting sustainable community development initiatives in Latin America, Africa, and India, with 11 offices worldwide. She is currently an Angel Investor with the Unreasonable Institute and enjoys advising and consulting with social entrepreneurs.