Biden selects RI Governor Raimondo to lead Commerce, California official Guzman to head Small Business Administration

“President-elect Joe Biden has selected Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to serve as secretary of Commerce, according to two people familiar with the decision. Biden has also tapped longtime aide Don Graves as deputy Commerce secretary and California official Isabel Guzman to lead the Small Business Administration, a source familiar with the matter said…”

“Raimondo was elected governor of Rhode Island in 2014 and served as head of the Democratic Governors Association in 2019. During the presidential primary, she threw her support behind former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, serving as national co-chair for the well funded but ill-fated campaign.

Until September, Graves worked for Cleveland-based KeyBank as its head of corporate responsibility and community relations. He previously served in Biden’s vice presidential office and in the Treasury Department, and at one point ran Biden’ts Cancer Moonshot initiative…”

“Guzman served in the Obama administration’s SBA as deputy chief of staff and senior advisor. More recently she has been director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate…” Read the full article here.

Source: Raimondo selected for Biden’s Commerce secretary – By Tyler Pager, Doug Palmer and Gavin Bade, January 7, 2021. POLITICO.


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