Mason Law Student Confirmed as U.S. Treasurer

Posted: February 18, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Heather Steele

Anna Escobedo Cabral will have to postpone her legal education at George Mason’s School of Law because she will be quite busy signing money. On Nov. 20, 2004, the U.S. Senate confirmed Cabral as treasurer of the United States.

As the U.S. treasurer, Cabral will speak to the public about various financial issues, such as deficit reduction and financial literacy. She will also work with Congress to discuss the best ways to improve and reform the Social Security system.

“I am proud and eager to support President Bush’s agenda and to work closely with Secretary John Snow to help the administration’s economic policies and vision for America take root,” Cabral says.

Prior to her nomination and confirmation as treasurer, Cabral headed up the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Latino Initiatives while she finished her second year at Mason. Her work at the Smithsonian provided better representation for Latino exhibits at the museums and research centers. Before she worked with the Smithsonian, Cabral was CEO and president of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility. This nonprofit corporation united with large companies to promote Hispanic representation in both employment and philanthropy.

Before attending Mason, Cabral earned a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her University of California undergraduate degree is in political science.

Cabral plans to return to the Law School eventually. “I absolutely love the law school experience at George Mason,” she says. “The professors have been phenomenal and the course work is fascinating. I have lived and worked with lawyers for the major part of my life. I never imagined learning to become one would be so much fun. It may take me a little longer than I had planned, but I hope to add in some small way to the caliber of alumni who have passed through the Mason Law School halls.”

Preceding her work with the nonprofit group, Cabral served as deputy staff director for the Senate Judiciary Committee under Chairman Orrin G. Hatch. She was also executive staff director of the U.S. Senate Republican Conference Task Force on Hispanic Affairs.

Cabral’s husband, Victor, is a lawyer, and they have four children. Cabral is a third-generation Mexican American and the first in her family to receive a college degree.

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