Diane E. Sumpter
Founder, President & CEO – DESA, Inc.
Operator of the Minority Business Development Agency Business Center – Columbia, SC
Getting in the Zones…Opportunity Zones
Diane E. Sumpter is President and Chief Executive Officer of DESA, Inc. which is a 20+ year operator of the US Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency Business Center – Columbia, SC.
Sumpter has spent more than 40 years working as a catalyst for change in South Carolina and the nation. As a business leader, she has concentrated on economic development while strategizing and leading advocacy efforts for small, minority and women-owned businesses.
As a community activist, Sumpter has dedicated time and resources to the causes of educational advancement and cultural awareness. Under Sumpter’s leadership, DESA remains one of the longest-running operators of the MBDA Business Center.