SBA Leadership Bios

Ms. DeVries has been selected to serve as the Associate Administrator in SBA's Office of Investment & Innovation. In this role, Ms. DeVries serves as a senior executive providing guidance and leadership for programs that provide the high-growth small business community with access to financial capital and R&D funds to support innovation.

Ms. DeVries is an experienced private markets, institutional asset management, and government contracting executive with over 17 years of combined experience in business strategy, asset management, government contracting, and investments. She most recently served as a Venture Partner at Trail Mix Ventures (TMV) where she dedicated her time to the firm's financially inclusive investments. Previously, Ms. DeVries served in a senior leadership role at Greenspring Associates where she spearheaded efforts to commit capital to female and ethnically diverse-led fund managers. Prior to Greenspring, Ms. DeVries was an executive with T. Rowe Price Associates. She served in a senior role at Sotera Defense Solutions, a national security, defense and intelligence solutions company. She began her career in Washington, D.C. at Corporate Executive Board (CEB, now Gartner Research) in the firm's financial services practice.

Ms. DeVries holds an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.S. from Northwestern University, and a B.A. from Wake Forest University. Ms. DeVries is an advocate for women in private equity, serving on the Private Equity Women Investor Network's (PEWIN) Foundation leadership task force.

Erick Page-Littleford serves as Acting Director and Program Manager for the SBA’s Office of Investment and Innovation (OII). This role leverages his significant experience supporting the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, including serving in principal roles executing innovator engagements, program evaluations, and implementing congressional and administrative policy.

Prior to joining SBA, Erick served as a program manager, with a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, leading a team supporting the Department of the Navy’s SBIR and STTR programs. Erick earned his B.S. in Public Policy and his M.S. in Science, Technology & Public Policy from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He is also certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional and by the Scrum Alliance as a Certified Scrum Master.

Nancy Kamei is a Program Development Specialist for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. Nancy is a serial entrepreneur having served on the start-up teams of four Silicon Valley biotechnology start-up companies (Onyx Pharmaceuticals) and has more than 20 years of experience as an investor, having selected and managed portfolios of both public equities (Capital Group Companies) and venture capital (Intel Capital). For several years prior to joining the government, she served as a national instructor for the I-Corps™ Program, coaching National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) grantees. Since 2017 she worked as a Program Director at the NSF and NIH where she worked in the SBIR and I-Corps™ Programs and served on the start-up team of the NSF Convergence Accelerator. After receiving her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco, she started her career at Merck and then completed her master's degree in business administration at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Nancy also has over 40 years of service in the non-profit sector.

Elden Hawkes serves as the Partnership and Innovation Specialist, a role that supports the advancement of the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/ STTR) programs. His primary duties include managing the agency’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program. Other duties include outreach efforts targeting Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and SBIR Road Tours.

Prior to SBA, Elden spent seven years with USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) where he helped grow the USDA’s SBIR program as its program specialist and program manager. He holds a degree in Environmental Science/Marine Science and a Master’s in Food and Agricultural Science, both from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.