Saturday, August 2, 2014
Immigrant of the Day: Maria Contreras-Sweet From Mexico | Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Maria Contreras-Sweet is the twenty-fourth administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of President Obama’s cabinet. A successful executive and entrepreneur, she previously served as executive chairwoman and founder of ProAmérica Bank, which focused on serving businesses within the Latino community. Contreras-Sweet was also the first Latina to hold a state cabinet post in California, as the secretary of the state’s Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. She was also the founding president of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality.