AEO is pleased to announce the promotion of Marieka Walsh to the position of Senior Director of Operations at the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), effective June 4, 2024. 

Joining AEO just over three years ago, Marieka has been a vital part of the AEO team, demonstrating exceptional leadership, dedication, and a profound commitment to our mission. 

“Marieka’s strategic vision and operational acumen have been instrumental in driving our success and enhancing our organizational effectiveness,” said Natalie Madeira Cofield, president and CEO of AEO. “Her insights will be invaluable in shaping our organizational direction and ensuring that our initiatives are executed with precision and impact.” 

As part of the senior leadership team, Marieka will oversee and optimize our operational processes for the organization, ensuring the highest standards of excellence and efficiency. She will collaborate closely with other senior leaders to develop and implement strategies that align with our long-term goals. Marieka’s expanded responsibilities will include spearheading key projects, mentoring emerging leaders within our organization, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. Her leadership will be essential in maintaining the highest standards of excellence and efficiency across all our operations. Her dedication is evident in her continued contribution to our mission of empowering underserved entrepreneurs and fostering economic opportunity. 

Marieka Walsh added, “Working with such a dedicated team empowers AEO to strengthen its legacy of service to the small business ecosystem. I am honored to steward this legacy, supporting our mission both tactically and strategically to ensure we continue to meet and exceed our organizational goals.” 

Marieka’s promotion is not just a recognition of her past achievements but also a commitment to AEO’s future, the positive impact she will continue to make, and the innovative strategies she will bring to our organization. Together, with leaders like Marieka, AEO will continue to make a significant difference in serving small businesses, entrepreneurs and the community of organizations that support them.