(WASHINGTON) – On today’s show, our guest is Bibi Hidalgo, Associate Administrator for the Office of Government Contracting & Business Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In this role, she oversees and reviews federal policies for small business contractors hoping to work with the Federal Government. This includes Woman-owned small businesses, Veteran-owned businesses, Socially Disadvantaged firms, HUBZone firms, and participants in SBA’s 8(a) Minority Business Development Program.
In her prior role, she was the SBA Government Contracting Policy Lead for the Biden-Harris Transition Team, developing policies that President Biden could execute in the first 100 days, with an emphasis on underserved communities. In 2014, Ms. Hidalgo and her brother Patrick Hidalgo Co-Founded Future Partners, LLC, which advised Fortune 500 corporate executives on procurement and minority business strategy, and created a model for how to facilitate significant opportunity for both. Prior to that they both served in the White House, during which time she managed a government-wide initiative with the 24 Cabinet agencies to position the federal government to meet the Congressional 23% small business goal out of a $400 billion contracting budget for the first time in a decade.
In addition to her experience, Ms. Hidalgo has a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
She is dedicating her work to the memory of her brother Patrick who passed away suddenly at the age of 41 in March of 2020.