Sempra adds Obama’s cabinet member to BoD

San Diego-based energy company and LNG operator Sempra Energy appointed Maria Contreras-Sweet to the board of directors. 

Contreras-Sweet, recently served as the administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of former president Obama’s¬†cabinet from 2014 until the end of Obama’s term in January.

Prior to serving as administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Contereras-Sweet was a founder of ProAmerica Bank and 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 Governor Gray Davis and, for part of that time, chaired the finance committee of the California Independent System Operator.