Antonella Pianalto is the President and CEO of the Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC), a national non-profit organization founded to secure economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting the Women’s Business Centers (WBC), a network with more than 150 locations. WBCs have nearly 30 years of success in providing training, counseling, mentoring, and access to capital to women entrepreneurs. Last year, more than 145,000 clients were served.
Prior to AWBC, Pianalto was Vice President of Government Affairs for American Express, where she managed a broad portfolio of policy and advocacy issues. She partnered with the White House, Small Business Administration, and small business groups on initiatives, including the Give Me 5% and ChallengerHer government contracting programs. Ms. Pianalto led the Small Business Saturday efforts in Washington, DC.
Pianalto served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, liaison to the Embassy’s employees and government agencies and managed the strategic planning and implementation of the Ambassador’s outreach efforts.
At the White House, Pianalto served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel, managing the selection and hiring process of the President’s appointees. She also served as Associate Administrator for Management and Administration for the Small Business Administration.