Alejandro Contreras is the Director of the Office of Preparedness, Communication and Coordination in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA). The Office of Disaster Assistance administers the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, which provides direct, affordable Federal disaster loan assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses following America’s worst disasters. Since 1953, the SBA has approved $64 billion to nearly 2.2 million disaster survivors. The SBA Disaster Loan Program helps disaster survivors to rebuild homes, replace contents and keep businesses running; it helps to preserve jobs and spur economic recovery.
Prior to his current role, Alejandro worked as a Program Analyst in ODA’s Office of Program, Policy and Evaluation where he worked to streamline the Disaster Loan Program, analyze program performance, evaluate interagency disaster response, review and recommend actions on complex disaster loans, and write communications explaining and promoting the SBA Disaster Loan Program on behalf of leadership.
Prior to working as a Program Analyst in Headquarters, Alejandro served as a Public Affairs Specialist for Field Operations Center – West in Sacramento, California, and responded to disaster declarations in Federal Regions VI-X. As a Public Affairs Specialist, when deployed to the disaster area, Alejandro was responsible for media relations, congressional affairs, intergovernmental affairs, public speaking and interagency liaison.
Alejandro began his Federal career in 2005, immediately following Hurricane Katrina, and joined the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. He worked as a Disaster Loan Specialist and was quickly promoted to a Supervisory Loan Officer and then a Production Supervisor. Over his 13-year career at SBA, Alejandro has contributed to the Agency’s response to some of America’s largest and most devastating disasters, including: Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005; Greensburg, Kansas Tornado in 2007; Hurricanes Gustav and Ike and the Midwest Floods in 2008; BP Oil Spill in 2010; Superstorm Sandy in 2012; Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017; and the California Wildfires in 2018.
Prior to joining SBA, Alejandro worked for six years for Bank of America in the Home Loan Processing Center in Sacramento, CA.
Alejandro earned a bachelor’s degree in government from California State University of Sacramento and has a master’s degree in strategic public relations from George Washington University. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Keisha, and daughters, Zoë and Paz.