Gina Raimondo is the U.S. secretary of commerce. Prior to holding this position, she was the governor of Rhode Island. After being nominated by then-President-elect Joe Biden in January of 2020, she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 2, 2021, and was sworn into office on March 3.
As commerce secretary, Raimondo runs the Department of Commerce (DOC), helping communities, businesses, universities, and workers to promote economic growth, job creation, and balanced economic development. In addition to this, she will aid in developing policy regarding technology and climate change.
Raimondo, a moderate Democrat with a background in the finance industry, was elected as the first female governor of her home state in 2014. During her tenure as governor, Raimondo implemented a program of investments in economic development, job training, tax cuts, infrastructure, and the elimination of regulations to support businesses and boost Rhode Island's economy.
Before that, she served as Rhode Island's general treasurer and spearheaded landmark pension reform. She also led the Democratic Governors Association from 2018 to 2019.
Raimondo is viewed as a relatively traditional choice for commerce secretary. Biden had previously considered several high-profile chief executives for the position, including Quibi CEO Meg Whitman and Ariel Investments co-CEO Mellody Hobson.
Early Career and Education
Before running for public office, Raimondo was a founding employee at investment firm Village Ventures, which was backed by Bain Capital. She also co-founded her own venture capital firm, Point Judith Capital.
Raimondo received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, her Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, and her J.D. from Yale Law School.