Manuel “Manny” Hidalgo is Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Capital Access. He is responsible for overseeing SBA’s Micro-Loan Program, 7(a) Community Advantage Pilot Loan Program, and PRIME Program - all of which serve primarily emerging/underserved markets in partnership with over 180 non-profit final institutions. In FY16 his office was responsible for over 4,500 microloans worth $62 million and 987 Community Advantage loans worth $123 million. Prior to SBA, Manny served for 9 years as Executive Director of the Latino Economic Development Center, a CDFI serving the Washington DC metropolitan area. In addition, he has served as COO at National Community Reinvestment Coalition and Director of Entrepreneurship at the Corporation for Entrepreneurship Development. Since 2005 he has served on the faculty of NeighborWorks America writing curricula and teaching courses on building the capacity of microenterprise development organizations. Manny has degrees from Georgetown University and Florida International University and lives with his wife and kids in Silver Spring, MD.