Alicia Robb

Senior Fellow

Alicia Robb is a senior fellow with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the principal investigator on the Kauffman Firm Survey. 

Previously, she was an economist at the Division of Research and Statistics, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and an economist at the Office of Economic Research at the U.S. Small Business Administration. 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 Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung GmbH). 

The author of Race, Families and Business Success: African-American, Asian-, and White-Owned Businesses (MIT Press), A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Businesses (Stanford University Press), as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles, Robb is a leading expert in small business financing in the United States, participating in SME financing initiatives by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the G20 Working Group on SME financing, and the European Central Bank. She also is a leading expert on women and minority entrepreneurship and currently sits on the National Advisory Board for Minority Business Enterprises.

Robb received her PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in econometrics and economic development.