by / Wednesday, 03 December 2014 / Published in Uncategorized


Antonella Pianalto Brings Vast Experience to the Association



[WASHINGTON, DC] – The Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) is pleased to announce that Antonella Pianalto will serve as the Association’s Acting Executive Director.  She will provide vision and leadership to ensure that AWBC possesses sufficient human and financial resources to carry out its mission, increase AWBC’s visibility and influence in the women’s business development arena, increase membership and member engagement, and create long-term sustainability.


Marsha Bailey, the AWBC Board Chair, said “We are delighted to have Antonella join our Association.  She has a demonstrated commitment to women’s issues, a track record of successful management and leadership experience, and the ability to build strategic partnerships.”


Ms. Pianalto’s experience includes working as Vice President of Government Affairs for American Express, where she managed a broad portfolio of legislative, regulatory, public policy and advocacy issues including small business and financial services.  She led initiatives for women in government contracting such as Give Me 5% and ChallengeHer.


Ms. Pianalto held several senior positions in the Clinton/Gore Administration.  As Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, she served as his liaison to the Embassy’s 700 employees and 26 government agencies.  She also managed the strategic planning and implementation of the Ambassador’s outreach efforts. At the White House, Ms. Pianalto served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel where she managed the selection and hiring process of the President’s 5,000 appointees.  She also served as Associate Administrator for Management and Administration for the Small Business Administration managing the $260 million operations of the agency’s 3,600 employees and 100 locations.


Ms. Pianalto serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for Girls Inc. of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.  She is a Corporate Advisory Board Member of Women Impacting Public Policy and The Latino Coalition, and was a Founding Board Member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Women in Business.


About AWBC

The AWBC works to secure economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting and sustaining a national network of over 100 Women’s Business Centers in both rural and metropolitan communities.   WBCs provide services including training, business counseling and access to capital to a broad range of female entrepreneurs across the socio-economic spectrum.