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Maria Contreras-Sweet

From Mexico | Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration


Maria Contreras-Sweet, born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1955, 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.

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