Maria Contreras-Sweet became the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet on April 7, 2014.
Contreras-Sweet is a successful entrepreneur, business executive, and state cabinet official. Throughout her career in the public and private sector, she has been a champion of diversity, access to capital and equal opportunity for all Americans.
In March 2009, Sara D. Lipscomb was appointed by President Obama as General Counsel of the United States Small Business Administration. Prior to that, in January 2007, Ms. Lipscomb launched a new business in Chicago providing deal due diligence, outside General Counsel, compliance, risk mitigation, and business services to middle market private equity firms and their portfolio companies. For the previous seven years, Ms.