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On Wednesday, Feb. 26, NSBA sent a letter to Capitol Hill addressed to Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and James Risch (R-Idaho), chair and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business, expressing its support for President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Maria Contreras-Sweet.
President Obama nominated Ms. Contreras-Sweet on Jan. 15, 2014, almost a year after former SBA Administrator Karen Mills announced her intention to leave her post. Mills’ interim replacement, Jeanne Hulit, took over as Acting Administrator in September 2013 and did an excellent job while at the helm.
Having served as Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, president and co-founder of Fortius Holdings (a private equity and venture capital fund), and founder and CEO of ProAmerica Bank, a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles, Contreras-Sweets brings invaluable public and private sector experience with her to the position.
NSBA will update members on any relevant developments with regard to the nomination process.
Please click here to read NSBA’s letter to Sens. Cantwell and Risch.