Prior to her appointment to DSLBD, Ana was appointed by President Barack Obama as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Assistant Administrator for Office of Women’s Business Ownership in 2009. During her tenure, Ana managed a budget of over $50 million, and directed and oversaw the agency’s efforts to develop and implement programs to increase access to credit and capital to women business owners. At the SBA, Ana also served as the regulator for the nationwide network of women’s business centers that provide training and counseling to women entrepreneurs in every US state and territory. The network of over 100 centers around the country assisted approximately 500,000 entrepreneurs (60% ethnic minorities) during Ana’s tenure.
In 2007, Ana was named president and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. At the Chamber, she set the direction and provided the leadership that allowed the organization to increase access to capital and federal and local contracts to its membership.
In 2000, Ana established and served as President of Syntaxis, LLC, a highly successful SBA 8(a)-certified multilingual communications company with clients from Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. She strategically positioned company operations to facilitate growth from a single English-to-Spanish translation agency into a full-service multilingual communications firm handling communications and translations in 25 languages.