Director, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Economic Development
Ms. Eileen Sánchez is a director of economic development for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, overseeing the small and minority business team, contracting relations and a broad range of entrepreneurship programs and initiatives. Ms. Sánchez recently served as a U.S. Small Business Administration associate administrator in Washington, D.C., reporting to the Administrator and serving on the SBA Management Board. In her role, Ms. Sánchez spearheaded SBA's small business global and international trade initiatives and programs, including the $1.45 billion SBA guaranteed export lending portfolio and field staff located at U.S. Export Assistance Centers. She led several government initiatives to improve the economic environment for American small businesses and entrepreneurs in the United States and abroad, and she was responsible for ensuring small business interests were represented in trade negotiations and commercial dialogues. Ms. Sánchez also oversaw the implementation and development of the State Trade Expansion Program.