Mr. Barrera is recognized national leader in the business and Hispanic community. He is an attorney with over 30 years of business, legal, non-profit and government experience and is he serves as National Manager of Economic Prosperity for the LIBRE Institute (LIBRE). In his current role, Mr. Barrera seeks to develop national grassroots programs that help educate the Hispanic community on entrepreneurship and financial literacy thereby increasing the community's economic prosperity. He previously served as National Director of Coalitions and Entrepreneurship and Southwest Regional Director for the LIBRE Initiative.
Mr. Barrera previously served as President of the Business Information Clearinghouse (BIC), a national non-profit that provided multi-lingual business resources for entrepreneurs. Mr. Barrera also served as President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), an organization that represented over 3 million Hispanic businesses and local chambers nationwide. Prior to the USHCC, Mr. Barrera served as the National Ombudsman for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) where he assisted small businesses in regulatory disputes with federal regulators. He also led the SBA's Office of Capital Access, and oversaw a $76 billion small business loan portfolio. Additionally he led the SBA's Office of Government Contracting/Business Development, the Office of Entrepreneurial Development and helped launch a highly successful Business Matchmaking program, a federal government and corporate procurement initiative.
In 2008, Latin Business Magazine named Mr. Barrera as one of the top 100 influential Hispanics in Business. In 2007, Diversity Business.Com named him as one of "America's Top Diversity Advocates" a list that included former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.
Mr. Barrera received his law degree from the University of Texas School Of Law in 1989 and a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University in 1982. He was also educated at Harvard Business School and the Marshall School of Business at USC. He currently lives in Kansas City, MO