During this year’s Alumni and Family Weekend, CBU will be visited
by former Treasurer of the United States, Anna Escobedo Cabral. Ms. Cabral will
deliver the 2015 Lasallian Leadership Keynote Address during the Women’s
Leadership Conference. The program is presented by the President’s Commission
on Women and sponsored by the office of advancement. Ms. Cabral's lecture and the women's conference is an important component of Alumni and Family Weekend that focuses on recognizing the achievements
of members within the CBU alumnae community and offer a series of events that feature topics ranging from negotiating salary to entrepreneurship. See a list of scheduled events for
Alumni and Family Weekend HERE.
Anna Escobedo Cabral currently serves as a Senior Advisor in
the External Relations Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior
to joining the bank, Ms. Cabral served as the 42nd Treasurer of the United
States. She became the highest-ranking Latina in the George W. Bush
Administration. While Treasurer, Cabral oversaw the latest infusion of new
currency designed to defeat counterfeiting efforts. She also served during the
Hurricane Katrina incident along the southern coast. In the wake of the
disaster, Cabral dedicated much of her time to developing methods to help affected
people to rebuild and manage their financial well-being. She also provided
advice and counsel to the Treasury Department in its efforts to provide
economic assistance to devastated areas.
Ms. Cabral, a second-generation Mexican-American, was born in San Bernadino, CA on Oct. 12, 1959. At very early ages, Cabral and her four siblings would collect scrap metal and salvage old motor parts with their father that they would then sell to help the family survive. After finishing high school two years early, she earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Cabral began her political career as Deputy Staff
Director for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee under Chairman Orrin
G. Hatch from 1993-1999. During that time, Ms. Cabral also served as Executive
Director of the U.S. Senate Republican Conference Task Force on Hispanic
Affairs, during which she managed a group of 25 senators dedicated to ensuring
that the concerns and needs of the Hispanic community were addressed by
Congress through legislation.
From 1999 to 2003, Ms. Cabral served as President and CEO of
the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, a non-profit organization
headquartered in Washington, DC, which partners with Fortune 500 companies to
increase Hispanic representation in employment, procurement, philanthropy and
In 2002, she was appointed to the Council on the 21st
Century Workplace, providing guidance to the White House and the Department of
Labor on work-related issues. That same year, she was named to a two-year term
on the Diversity Council of the Premier Automotive Group, an outreach effort of
the Ford Motor Company.
In 2003, Ms. Cabral was named as Director of the Smithsonian
Institution's Center for Latino Initiatives, where she led a pan-institutional
effort to improve Latino representation in exhibits, and public programming among
the Institution's 19 museums, five research centers, and the National Zoo.
Currently, she serves on the Diversity Advisory Group for
Comcast/NBC Universal/Telemundo, and as a Member of the Board of Directors for
Navient, the nation's leading loan management, servicing and asset recovery
Cabral received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California,
Davis, a Master's degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in
international trade and finance from the John F. Kennedy School of Government
at Harvard University, and a Law Degree from George Mason University.
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