The Honorable Elaine Chao
The Honorable Elaine Chao, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and U.S. Secretary of Transportation •
Elaine Chao is the first American woman of Asian heritage to be appointed to a President’s cabinet. She has held two cabinet positions: U. S. Secretary of Labor and U. S. Secretary of Transportation. An immigrant to this country at the age of 8 not speaking any English, she received her citizenship at the age of 19. Her experience transitioning to a new country motivated her to ensure that everyone has access to opportunities. Secretary Chao was also President & CEO of United Way of America; Director of the Peace Corps; Deputy Secretary of the U. S. Department of Transportation; Chairman of Federal Maritime Commission. She was also a banker in the private sector. The recipient of 37 honorary degrees, Secretary Chao earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. A proud Kentuckian, she lives in Jefferson County.