Eileen Sánchez is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Associate Administrator for International Trade. She also serves on the SBA’s Management Board.
As head of the SBA’s Office of International Trade, Ms. Sánchez oversees a broad range of initiatives to increase exports from U.S. small businesses and support and promote new and existing U.S. small business exporters. Those efforts include:
- International trade finance initiatives, including a national network of U.S. Export Assistance Centers, and the Export Express, Export Working Capital and International Trade Loan programs that help increase both the number of U.S. companies accessing SBA export loan programs and financial institutions providing export financing;
- State Trade and Export Promotion awards program supporting efforts to increase the number of U.S. small business exporters, as well as the value of current small business exports; and
- International trade affairs, including small business advocacy, and bilateral and multilateral economic diplomacy efforts promoting the U.S. Government’s international trade policy agenda relating to small businesses.
She also is responsible for SBA’s participation in multi-agency U.S. global export initiatives and its public-private trade finance partnerships.
Ms. Sánchez has extensive experience in international banking, particularly in the areas of financial and strategic analysis, management and execution, and business start-up and realignment.
Before joining SBA in 2014, Ms. Sánchez served as vice president and international marketing manager, Specialty Banking at Los Angeles-based City National Bank. She developed, executed and managed strategic initiatives that competitively positioned its international banking, trade finance, foreign exchange and interest rate risk management capabilities. She also specialized in agribusiness; healthcare; mortgage warehousing; corporate banking and capital finance; and franchise and municipal finance. In 2005, she co-founded the bank’s export finance group to enhance existing and develop new products and services to meet the growing demand for export finance and international trade assistance. She joined the bank in 2002 as a foreign exchange trader and advisor, providing trading and hedging services, developing strategic worldwide relationships and managing the bank’s online foreign exchange and deposit business.
Earlier in her 14-year commercial banking career, she managed the foreign exchange operations of Comerica Bank’s intellectual property law firm business in Los Angeles. Following Comerica’s $1.25 billion acquisition of Imperial Bancorp in 2001, she served as a key analyst supporting the conversion of Imperial’s systems and operations.
Ms. Sánchez, who is fluent in Spanish, has traveled and worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania and Latin America.
Ms. Sánchez is an alumna of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international business, with a minor in Spanish and Spanish literature, and an executive MBA degree from the Graziadio School of Business and Management.