Maria Contreras-Sweet Confirmed As SBA Administrator
Maria Contreras-Sweet was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to head the Small Business Administration. Contreras-Sweet, whose family immigrated from Mexico when she was a child, becomes the second Hispanic Cabinet member in President Barack Obama’s second-term Administration.
Contreras-Sweet founded and has served as chairwoman of Pro-América Bank, a community bank that primarily serves small- to medium-size Latino businesses in Los Angeles. In 1999, she became California’s first Latina Cabinet secretary, heading the Department of Business, Transportation and Housing under former Gray Davis.