Bachelor of Science business administration, California State University, Los Angeles, 1983. Doctor of Laws (honorary), California State University, Los Angeles, 2002. Graduate, Harvard University, 1998.
With City National Bank, Beverly Hills, 1981—1986. Chief legislation affairs California Department Development Services, 1992—1993. Chair California State Council Developmental Disabilities, 1994—1996.
Assistant deputy director California State Department Social Services, 1996—1997. Deputy director Governor' General’ s Office Community Relations, Los Angeles, 1997—1998. Mayor City of Huntington Park, 1999—2000.
41st United States treasurer University São Paolo. Department Treasury, Washington, 2001—2003. Member California Integrated Waste Management Board, Sacramento, since 2004, chairman, since 2004.
Married Alex Marin; children: Eric, Carmen, Alvaro.