Currently alive, at 68 years of age.
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1950 – Alvarez was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
1971 – She earned her Bachelors of Arts degree graduating Cum Laude.
1982 – She won an Associated Press Award for Excellence and was nominated for an Emmy Award for her reporting of guerilla activities in El Salvador.
1993 – She was named Director of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.
1997 – She was appointed as Administrator of the Small Business Administration by President Bill Clinton and was the first hispanic woman and Puerto Rican that served as an executive officer in a President’s Cabinet.
2000 – She was elected to the Board of Overseers of Harvard University.
2004 – She was named official spokeswoman for Senator John Kerry.