WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama intends to nominate the founder of a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles and a former California cabinet secretary to be head of the Small Business Administration.
The official says Obama will announce Maria Contreras-Sweet's selection at an event Wednesday. The official was not authorized to discuss the nomination by name ahead of the announcement.
Contreras-Sweet was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, has a history of working with small businesses and has been an advocate for Hispanics.
Contreras-Sweet would become the second Hispanic in Obama's second-term Cabinet. The other is Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. Contreras-Sweet would also become the eighth woman in Obama's current Cabinet.
The Washington Post first reported the nomination.