President and CEO of AvantGarde LLC
Rebecca Contreras is currently the President & CEO of AvantGarde LLC (AG), a WOSB consulting firm she co- founded in May 2011. AG offers a “one stop shop” approach to addressing complex organizational, people and technology needs. Rebecca has dedicated her entire career to the people business, serving in executive leadership roles driving large scale people and organizational change initiatives. She spent 15 years in State and Federal government prior to starting her career in consulting. While in government, Rebecca served as an executive and chief advisory to the Secretary in the role of Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief Human Capital Officer at the U.S. Department of Treasury. She also served as a Member on the government wide Chief Human Capital Officer’s Council advising Congress and the President on Workforce issues.
Prior to that she served as a Commissioned Officer in the White House as Special Assistant for Personnel to President George W. Bush. Her portfolio included managing the President’s appointments and recruiting process for over 1,200 board and commission positions in the Federal Government. In Texas state government, she served as the Director of Human Resources for the Governor for six years. Rebecca also served a three-year Presidential term on the Board of WestPoint Military Academy.
In 2017 & 2018, SBA recognized AG for National Small Business Week with a San Antonio District Award in the Category of “Women Small Business of the Year” and the UTSA sponsored award for “Federal Contractor Minority Business of the Year”. Also, in 2017, Mrs. Contreras received the Texas “Women Profiles in Power” award by the Austin Business Journal. Governor Greg Abbott in conjunction with the 2017 Texas Small Business Summit, also honored Ms. Contreras with the Texas “Latina Entrepreneurial Excellence Award”.
Rebecca is the co-founder of LaunchPad, a non-profit foundation that supports programs for inner city families, under privileged youth and causes in the Austin TX area. Mrs. Contreras home base is in the Austin Texas area with her husband and family and commutes between her TX and DC offices.