Karen Mills served in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (2009-2013) and was a member of the President’s National Economic Council. She is currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School and a leading authority on U.S. competitiveness, entrepreneurship, and innovation. She is the author of the book Fintech, Small Business & the American Dream, as well as a number of HBS white papers and publications. Mills is a venture capitalist and serves in leadership roles for several policy organizations. She is a Member of the Harvard Corporation and a past Vice Chair of the Harvard Overseers.
Mills earned an AB in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar. She is a frequent guest on news outlets, including Bloomberg and CNBC, with recent op-ed placements in American Banker, Fortune, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review.