Presidential Management Fellow
U.S. Small Business AdministrationShannon Rhoten is a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Upon joining SBA in September 2015, she spent five months in the Office of Investment and Innovation, where she worked on programmatic research and outreach for the SBIR and STTR programs. Much of her research focused on the participation of underrepresented populations in the SBIR/STTR programs. She also serves as a regular contributor to the SBIR Blog, the SBIR Pulse. Within her role at SBA, Shannon also works on several seed fund competition programs that provide grants to early stage startups and incubators.
Prior to SBA, she worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she reviewed World Bank loans and performed research on issues surrounding multilateral development banks. Additionally, she has served as a Government Compliance Specialist on projects involving anatomic and forensic pathology and disease control. A native of Richmond, Virginia, she earned her B.A. in Political Science from Christopher Newport University and her M.A. in Global Business from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy.