Secretary of Commerce
Elizabeth Tanner was appointed Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce in June 2022, under Governor Daniel McKee.
In her role, Secretary Tanner administers the Executive Office of Commerce, the state agency charged with promoting commerce and fostering an economic environment in which Rhode Island’s businesses can grow and prosper. To accomplish this goal, Secretary Tanner oversees multiple state departments, divisions, and quasi-governmental agencies.
Among those is the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, a quasi-state agency which collaborates with public, private, and nonprofit partners to offer assistance to businesses through consulting, access to funding, and reduction of red tape.