Elaine Chao

U.S. Secretary of Transportation,

Secretary Elaine L. Chao is currently the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. This is her second cabinet position. Previously, she served as U.S. Secretary of Labor, the first Asian American woman appointed to the President's cabinet in American history. Secretary Chao has a distinguished career in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She was a transportation banker in the private sector, and worked on transportation issues at the White House. She then served as Deputy Maritime Administrator; Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission; and, Deputy U.S. Secretary of Transportation. She also served as Director of the Peace Corps, and President and CEO of the United Way of America. Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, a key U.S. Department of Transportation priority is engaging with new technology to address legitimate public concerns about safety, security and privacy without hampering innovation. These innovations include new, quieter supersonic aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems, autonomous vehicles, commercial space, clean-burning natural gas-powered ships, zero emission buses, and faster railways. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Transportation partners with universities, startups and industry stakeholders to help advance innovations in transportation materials, designs and operations. This has helped enable U.S. transportation systems to move people and freight more safely, and has contributed to the Nation’s economic success.

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