Gina Raimondo serves as the 40th U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was sworn in by Vice President Kamala D. Harris on March 3, 2021. As secretary of commerce, she is focused on a simple but vital mission: to spur good-paying jobs, empower entrepreneurs to innovate and grow, and help U.S. workers and businesses compete. She was formerly the 75th governor of Rhode Island and its first female one.
Secretary Raimondo graduated with honors from Harvard, where she was recognized as the top economics student in her class. She won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where she earned a doctorate. She later graduated from Yale Law School. Secretary Raimondo clerked for U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood and served as founding employee and senior vice president at Village Ventures.
In November 2010, Secretary Raimondo was elected to serve as general treasurer of Rhode Island, receiving the largest number of votes of any statewide candidate. When she took office as general treasurer, she tackled the state's $7 billion unfunded pension liability. Secretary Raimondo was sworn into office as governor in January 2015 and won a second term in 2018. She also served as chair of the Democratic Governors’ Association in 2019.
During her time as governor, Secretary Raimondo kick-started the state’s economy and made record investments in infrastructure, education, and job training. She focused tirelessly on creating economic opportunities and good-paying jobs for all Rhode Islanders. Early in her administration, she launched an innovative workforce development program that develops business-led partnerships to address unique workforce challenges.