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Karen Dunn Kelley

Former Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce

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Karen Dunn Kelley was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce on November 28, 2018, and served until January 20, 2021.

Deputy Secretary Kelley was the Department’s chief operations officer and day-to-day manager of a budget of $11.4 billion, 12 operating units, and 47,000 employees.  She was the principal deputy to the Secretary of Commerce and a member of the President’s Management Council.

Prior to her confirmation as Deputy Secretary, Ms. Kelley served as the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, overseeing the Department’s statistical programs through the U.S. Bureau of the Census and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Deputy Secretary Kelley has 35 years of experience in the financial investment sector with experience managing people, strategy, budgets, operations, public relations, and thought leadership across the globe.

Before joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Ms. Kelley served as Senior Managing Director of Investments at Invesco, a U.S. based investment firm that manages more than $800 billion in assets worldwide, with responsibility for overseeing Invesco’s Global Core Equity, Quantitative Strategies, Asset Allocation, and Solutions teams.

She was a member of the Women’s Bond Club of New York, the International Women’s Forum, and a founding member of the Invesco Women’s Network.

Ms. Kelley served on the board of several organizations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, including Carlow University, Magee Women’s Research Institute, and Shady Side Academy.

Deputy Secretary Kelley holds a B.S. Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Villanova University, College of Commerce and Finance.