Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea was sworn in on January 6, 2015, and has dedicated the past twenty years to increasing Rhode Islanders' civic engagement and making our great state a better place to live and work for Rhode Islanders from all walks of life.
As Secretary of State, Gorbea is dedicated to engaging and empowering all Rhode Islanders by making government more accessible and transparent, encouraging civic pride, enhancing commerce and ensuring that elections are fair, fast and accurate.
Gorbea served as Deputy Secretary of State from 2002 to 2006, during which time she led efforts to make public information more accessible, centralize statewide voter registration systems, and streamline business filing procedures. She also created an online statewide open meetings notice system to make government more transparent and accountable. As a former non-profit leader, Gorbea created public-private partnerships that helped make homeownership affordable to more of our state’s families and individuals.
Gorbea is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University. She and her husband, Steve D’Hondt and their three daughters live in North Kingstown.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 1:00 PM by Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea