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San Antonio District Office | Leadership Biographies

Mary Hernandez, District Director

As District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s San Antonio District Office (SADO), Mary Hernandez is responsible for the delivery of the agency’s programs and services throughout SADO’s 55 counties.

Prior to joining SADO, Mary was part of SBA’s Office of International Trade. As Lead Export Finance Manager, she was responsible for providing trade and export finance expertise to business and lending communities in South Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

During her 22-year career with SBA, Mary has also worked with its Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs in Washington, DC, as well as, the National Outreach Office based in Los Angeles, California. Her outreach efforts focused on Hispanic small businesses, assisting them in the areas of entrepreneurial development; procurement opportunities; and access to capital.

In 2015, Mary was presented with the International Women's Day Award by the Miami World Trade Center for her leadership in promoting and enhancing international business in the Americas. She is also an alumnus of the 2019/2020 Excellence in Government Fellows program offered by the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, D.C.

Originally from San Diego, California, Mary served as a Council Representative for San Diego Councilman Juan Vargas.  She was responsible for a multi-culturally diverse area of the district, as well as a wide range of issues including economic development, public safety, and government/media relations.

She was a co-founder of Latinos Magazine, which featured articles on Latino culture and history; education; business; travel; and arts and entertainment.  For two years, Latinos Magazine was distributed primarily to bookstores and subscribers throughout San Diego County, and numerous subscribers across the United States and Europe.

Mary also served as a board member for the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  She chaired the chamber’s Marketing and Public Relations Committee, overseeing the publication of its newsletter, updates to its web site, and media releases.

She is married and has an 18-year-old daughter.