Roberto Barragan is the Principal of Aquaria Funding Solutions, where he is focused on formulating Community Reinvestment Act solutions for financial institutions, raising small business loan capital and grant support for Community Development Financial Institutions and originating and funding small business loans to women and minority owned small businesses in low and moderate income communities nationally. For the past 17 years, Barragan was the President of Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC). During his tenure, he led a team that served over 3,000 businesses yearly with financing and technical assistance, while amassing $70 million in assets and a small business loan portfolio of $35 million. Mr. Barragan is also the founder of twon organizations: the San Fernando Valley Financial Development Corporation, a SBA 504 lender, and Pacoima Development Federal Credit Union.
Barragan has over 30 years experience in nonprofit management, with the last 20 years dedicated to community economic development and technical assistance for profitable and nonprofit entities. He is a nationally recognized expert on loan funds and microlending, and is a regular lecturer and media expert on these subjects. Barragan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and studied Marketing and Real Estate Financing at the University of California, Berkeley’s Hass School of Business Administration.
February 12, 2019
With the Shutdown Looming Again, Lawmakers Should Remember Microbusinesses are Resilient, not Unbreakable
A recent CNBC article detailed how many small businesses that were adversely affected by the shutdown are struggling to move on.