Marianne Markowitz is Chief Executive Officer of the First Women’s Bank. Ms. Markowitz served as Acting Administrator for the Small Business Administration nationally and as Regional Administrator for SBA’s Midwest Region V. While at the SBA, Ms. Markowitz served as an interim member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet and was appointed by former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve on the City of Chicago’s Small Business Advisory Council. Most recently, Ms. Markowitz was a Managing Director at CIBC Bank USA, where she implemented a national SBA and vertical industry strategy for the CIBC Small Business Banking business line. Before her time at the SBA, Ms. Markowitz served as trustee on the Obama for America board of directors, CFO for the Obama for America campaign and financial operations consultant for the launch of the Obama Exploratory Committee. Ms. Markowitz has over 17 years of experience providing finance and risk management expertise to leading global institutions in the U.S. and Europe. Ms. Markowitz received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA from DePaul University. She is a member of the Chicago Economic Club and serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for the Family Farmed/Good Food organization.