Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the president's vision of winning the future through their work.
Francisco J. Sánchez is the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.
I consider myself a lucky guy.
Every day, I have the privilege of serving the American people as the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. It is a tremendous honor to be able to give back to a country that has given so much to me.
My story is the American story. My grandparents and father were immigrants from Spain; they believed in the American Dream, and worked hard to achieve it.
We lived in Tampa, Florida. Growing up, I learned a lot of lessons that serve me well today. Through my father, who used to run a candy factory in Spain, I was able to learn how important small- and medium-sized businesses are to a community’s development. My mother worked as the Director of one of the first Head Start programs in the country. She wanted all children to get the best possible start in life and dedicated her time to helping others. That’s why she is my hero.