As Treasurer of the United States, Anna Escobedo Cabral‘s signature appears on all paper currency printed since 2005. But the first time she was asked to draft the signature, her hands shook so badly with nervousness she could not write her name.
“Then I thought of my grandparents and great grandparents who came to the United States from Mexico,” she told an SMU audience. “My hands quit shaking when I realized my signature was really honoring them.”
Cabral spoke to SMU students, faculty and staff on May 22 at the invitation of SMU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.
U.S. Treasurer since 2004, Cabral is the highest ranking Latina in the Bush administration. She heads the Department of the Treasury, which includes the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the United States Mint, the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of the Public Debt.