(Washington, D.C.) – The Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) congratulates the Honorable Jovita Carranza on being sworn in as the 26th Administrator of the Small Business Administration. Carranza was confirmed by the Senate with broad bipartisan support, and has pledged to remain a tireless advocate for underserved communities in her role leading the federal agency dedicated to supporting small business owners and entrepreneurs across the country.

“It is with great pleasure that I congratulate my friend, the Hon. Jovita Carranza, on her confirmation as the new Administrator of the Small Business Administration,” said Danny Vargas, chairman of the FRIENDS board. “She has been a role model and mentor to many of us in the Latino community, as well as the business community. Her personal history of perseverance and hard work as she built her career from starting as a part-time box handler at UPS, to becoming the Administrator of a federal agency, serves as an inspiration to all Americans.

Stories like Administrator Carranza’s speak to the valuable contributions Latinos make to our country every day. Her background, integrity and passion make her the ideal choice for this position, and she will undoubtedly make us all proud.”