Governor's Cabinet

Chief of Staff
Clark Mercer

The Chief of Staff serves as the senior aide to the Governor and is responsible for managing the day-to-day responsibilities of the Northam administration, ensuring that operations, staff, and activities are functioning efficiently and effectively.

Secretary of the Commonwealth
Kelly Thomasson

The Secretary of the Commonwealth assists the Governor in his appointments to boards and commissions; manages extraditions, clemency petitions, restoration of voting rights, and countless other certifications and filings of the Commonwealth.

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Secretary of Administration
Grindly Johnson

The five state agencies in the Administration secretariat manage the Commonwealth’s buildings and grounds, administer employee policies and benefits, oversee elections, safeguard human rights, work to improve manager-employee relations in state government, direct state funds to constitutional officers, and oversee the Commonwealth's information technology.

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Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry
Bettina Ring

The Secretary of Agriculture And Forestry is the voice of two of Virginia’s largest industries: Agriculture and Forestry. The combined industries provide more than 400,000 jobs in the Commonwealth.

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Secretary of Commerce and Trade
Brian Ball

The Secretary of Commerce and Trade oversees the economic, community, and workforce development of the Commonwealth. Each of the 13 Commerce and Trade Agencies actively contributes to Virginia's economic health and high quality of life.

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Secretary of Education
Fran Bradford

The Secretary of Education provides guidance and support to the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Community College System, and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, as well as Virginia’s public and private higher education and research centers.

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Secretary of Finance
Joe Flores

The Secretary of Finance provides guidance to the four key agencies within the Finance Secretariat. These agencies handle all the financial transactions of the Commonwealth — from collecting taxes, to paying bills, to distributing aid to localities.

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Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Vanessa Walker-Harris

The Secretary of Health And Human Resources oversees twelve state agencies which provide often-vital services to Virginians including: individuals with disabilities, the aging community, low-income working families, children, and caregivers.

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Secretary of Labor
Megan Healy

The Secretary of Labor oversees a range of regional, state, and federal programs that connect Virginians to the skills, training, and opportunities they need to thrive in the 21st century economy. The advisor works closely with Virginia’s labor and business communities to identify and fill vacant jobs in high demand sectors including IT, healthcare, and energy.

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Secretary of Natural Resources
Ann Jennings

The Secretary of Natural Resources advises the Governor on Virginia's natural resources and works to advance the Governor's top environmental priorities. The Secretary oversees six agencies that protect and restore the Commonwealth’s natural and historic resources.

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Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security
Brian J. Moran

The Secretary of Public Safety And Homeland Security enhances the quality of Virginia’s citizens, visitors and businesses of the Commonwealth through public awareness, education, training, emergency response, disaster preparedness, prevention, policy development, enforcement, response, recovery and reentry.

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Secretary of Transportation
Shannon Valentine

The Secretary of Transportation ensures our Commonwealth has a safe and efficient transportation system to support and improve every Virginian's quality of life.

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Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs
Kathleen Jabs

The Secretary of Veterans And Defense Affairs distinguishes and elevates issues and opportunities for our veterans in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Leads the Governor’s initiatives focused on relationship building with and support of our military and defense installations and the communities surrounding them.

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Cynthia Bailey
Counsel to the Governor
Cynthia Bailey

The Counsel to the Governor provides oversight and guidance for legal matters occurring within the Office of the Governor.

Chief Diversity Officer
Janice Underwood, Ph.D.

The Chief Diversity Officer serves as the lead advancement official for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is responsible for developing a sustainable framework for the continued promotion of inclusive practices across Virginia state government.

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Information accurate as of December 2021