Gina Raimondo, Secretary of Commerce

Gina Raimondo

Secretary of Commerce

Gina Marie Raimondo was born in May 1971 in Smithfield, Rhode Island. She earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard College. She attended New College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar, where she received a Master of Arts degree and Doctor of Philosophy. She received a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. She clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She worked as a venture capitalist and investment executive.

She was elected General Treasurer of Rhode Island where she served four years. She worked for the Democratic Governors Association as its chairman and was elected Governor of Rhode Island. She was concluding her tenure there when she was nominated by President Joe Biden to be Secretary of Commerce. She was confirmed by the Senate in an 84-15 vote and assumed office March 3, 2021.

Raimondo is married to Andrew Kind Moffitt, and they have two children. She is Catholic.

In the News…

At the beginning of the AI Seoul Summit, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo released a strategic vision for artificial intelligence (AI) safety and announced a plan for global cooperation among AI safety institutes.

Secretary Raimondo stated, “Recent advances in AI carry exciting, lifechanging potential for our society, but only if we do the hard work to mitigate the very real dangers of AI that exist if it is not developed and deployed responsibly. That is the focus of our work every single day at the U.S. AI Safety Institute, where our scientists are fully engaged with civil society, academia, industry, and the public sector so we can understand and reduce the risks of AI, with the fundamental goal of harnessing the benefits.”

She continued, “The strategic vision we released today makes clear how we intend to work to achieve that objective and highlights the importance of cooperation with our allies through a global scientific network on AI safety. Safety fosters innovation, so it is paramount that we get this right and that we do so in concert with our partners around the world to ensure the rules of the road on AI are written by societies that uphold human rights, safety, and trust.”

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Secretary Raimondo today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Gina Raimondo, Secretary
Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20230


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