Alejandro is the Director of Preparedness, Communication and Coordination for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance. Since 1953, the SBA has approved over $66 billion in affordable disaster loan assistance to more than 2.2 million homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations. In his current role, Mr. Contreras coordinates the SBA’s efforts to promote disaster preparedness, recovery and mitigation. He is also responsible for strengthening the SBA’s role in disaster recovery by building interagency coordination and leveraging private-public partnerships.
Alejandro joined the SBA in 2005 and has worked in various roles, responding to many of the country’s most devasting and costly disasters. These events included Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma (2005); Greensburg, Kansas tornados (2007); Iowa floods and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike (2008); the BP oil spill (2010); Joplin, Missouri tornados (2011); Hurricane Sandy (2012); Louisiana floods (2016); Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria (2017); and Hurricanes Michael and Florence, and the California wildfires (2018).
Alejandro earned a bachelor’s degree in Government from the California State University of Sacramento and a master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University.