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Elaine Chao -- Department of Labor
Secretary of Labor

Prior to her current appointment, Secretary Chao was a Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based public policy research and educational institute. Previously, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America (UWA). Prior to joining UWA, she was Director of the Peace Corps, the world's largest international volunteer organization. Secretary Chao's previous government career includes serving as the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation. She also served as Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission and Deputy Maritime Administrator in the U. S. Department of Transportation. She has significant private sector experience, having worked as Vice President of Syndications at BankAmerica Capital Markets Group in San Francisco. She was selected as a White House Fellow in 1983 and, prior to that, was a transportation banker with Citicorp in New York. Secretary Chao received her M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and her undergraduate degree in economics from Mount Holyoke College.

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