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Anna Escobedo Cabral      

Former U.S. Treasurer; Current Unit Chief of Strategic Communications for IDB

Anna Escobedo Cabral serves as the Unit Chief for Strategic Communications in the External Relations Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Prior to joining the bank, Cabral served as the 42nd Treasurer of the United States from January 19, 2005 to January 20, 2009. She became the highest-ranking Latina in the George W. Bush Administration after the resignation of Rosario Marin.

From 1993 to 1999, Ms. Cabral served as Deputy Staff Director for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee under Chairman Orrin G. Hatch. The Committee's jurisdiction ranges from oversight of the Department of Justice and our nation's criminal and drug enforcement laws to approving federal judicial nominations, and it includes review of immigration, antitrust, patents and trademark, and technology-related legislation.

In addition, Ms. Cabral simultaneously served as Executive Director of the U.S. Senate Republican Conference Task Force on Hispanic Affairs, during which she managed a task force 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 governance. Under her leadership, the organization published a best practices series, and instituted a partnership with Harvard Business School to provide executive training programs in Corporate Governance Best Practices to community leaders.

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.

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. She has also served on the boards of the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, a historic center commemorating women's suffrage, Martha's Table, a nonprofit that provides assistance to families in need, the American Red Cross, Naturebridge, a nonprofit dedicated to environmental education, and the foundation board of Providence Hospital, which provides quality healthcare to the Washington, DC community. 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 company.

A California native, today, Ms. Cabral resides with her husband, Victor, in Arlington, VA. They have four adult children and are blessed with four grandchildren. Ms. 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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