“We are pleased that Maria Contreras-Sweet has joined our board,” said Debra L. Reed, chairman, president and CEO of Sempra Energy. “She has extensive experience working at a senior level in both the public and private sectors, while bringing a strong understanding of financial markets, infrastructure and global innovation.”
Before serving as Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Contereras-Sweet was a founder of ProAmerica Bank and served as its executive chairman from 2006 to 2014. Previously, she was a co-founder and managing partner of Fortius Holdings, a private venture-capital firm. From 1999 to 2003, Contreras-Sweet was Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency under Gov. Gray Davis and, during part of her tenure, chaired the finance committee of the California Independent System Operator. She started her private-sector career working for the 7-Up/RC Bottling Co.