Ms. Banuelos' family provided farm and mine labor until 1933, when they moved from Arizona to Sonora, Mexico. In 1949, divorced and with two children, Ms. Banuelos returned to the US and started a tortilla factory in Los Angeles which by 1990 grew to become the largest processor of Mexican food in California. Ms. Banuelos is a founder of the Pan-American Bank. She was appointed US Treasurer in 1971, the first Latina to hold the office.
I salute you, Ms. Banuelos.