Office of Advocacy Appoints Darryl L. DePriest to Serve as Regional Advocate for Region 5

SBA Number: 22-05 ADV

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Office of Advocacy in the U.S. Small Business Administration is pleased to announce Darryl L. DePriest has been appointed to serve as the Region 5 Advocate. As Advocate, DePriest will work on behalf of small businesses in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, relaying their concerns to the Office of Advocacy in Washington. He will work closely with Region 5 small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, and small business associations.

DePriest is an attorney with decades of experience in regulatory affairs. He previously served the Office of Advocacy as the seventh Chief Counsel, from 2015 to 2017. As Chief Counsel, DePriest led Advocacy as it advanced the views and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, and regulatory agencies. Since 2017, DePriest has run a private practice focusing on small business and non-profit concerns.

“We are thrilled to welcome Darryl back to the Office of Advocacy,” said Deputy Chief Counsel Major L. Clark III. “He offers a wealth of experience in small business regulatory work and will be a tireless advocate for Midwestern businesses.”

DePriest stated, “I am excited to return to the Office of Advocacy as Advocate for Region 5. I look forward to working with small businesses to ensure they are heard in Washington.”

The Office of Advocacy has regional advocates in each of the 10 federal regions. This team identifies new issues and concerns of small business owners. They work closely with local government officials, state officials and legislators, and the Chief Counsel for Advocacy to develop programs and policies that support small business growth.

Darryl L. DePriest will be working out of the SBA office in Chicago and can be reached at

Created by Congress in 1976, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent voice for small business within the federal government.  Appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the Chief Counsel for Advocacy directs the office. The Chief Counsel advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policy makers. Economic research, policy analyses, and small business outreach help identify issues of concern. Regional Advocates and an office in Washington, DC, support the Chief Counsel’s efforts. For more information on the Office of Advocacy, visit, or call (202) 205-6533.

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Emily Williams