In 1997, President Bill Clinton selected Aida Álvarez to serve on his cabinet as the Administrator of the Small Business Association, making her the first Latina woman to hold this position and the first Latina woman to hold a position in the U.S. Cabinet in general. Born in Puerto Rico in 1950, Álvarez was the oldest of six children. She studied English literature at Harvard University and after graduating, became a journalist. She then served as the Vice President for Public Affairs at the NYC Health and Hospitals Corp, and before becoming involved in politics, also served as a vice president of public finance First Boston Corporation and Bear Stearns & Co. Following the end of her term as an administrator on President Clinton’s cabinet, Álvarez became the official spokeswoman for Senator John Kerry during the 2004 Presidential Election. Now, she is on the committee for several corporate boards, including Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Zoosk, and HP, Inc., just to name a few.
-Written by Kila Moore