Honorable Aida Alvarez, Chair Emerita
With a distinguished career as an award-winning journalist, investment banker, and federal-level policymaker, the Honorable Aida Alvarez is a committed leader and champion for the Latino community. Alvarez was the first Latina woman to serve on a U.S. President’s Cabinet as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). She presided over record-setting activity at the SBA—$61.5 billion in guaranteed loans and venture capital financing over a four-year period. Also during her tenure, SBA’s lending to women tripled and lending to minorities doubled. Previously, Alvarez served as the first Director of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.
Alvarez is actively engaged in the nonprofit community. In addition to serving as Board Chair Emerita of the Latino Community Foundation, Alvarez serves on the board of the San Francisco Symphony and is a Commissioner for the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. She also sits on several corporate boards, including those of HP Inc., Zoosk, and Oportun Financial Corporation. Previously, she served on the boards of Walmart, Pacificare (now part of United Health), and Union Bank.
A Harvard graduate, Alvarez also holds honorary doctorates from Bethany College, Iona College, Mercy College, and the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. She has also served on the Harvard Board of Overseers.