Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea

Secretary of State

  • Date of Birth: 07/12/1967
  • Spouse: Steve D'Hondt
  • Children: Isabel; Cecilia; Monica
Contact Information
  • State House, Room 217, 82 Smith Street, Providence, RI, 02903
  • Office Phone: (401)222-2357
  • TTY: 711
  • Fax: (401)222-1356
  • Email: [email protected]
General Background
  • College: Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, BA, 1988
  • Graduate School: Columbia University - School of Public and International Affairs, MPA, 1992
Major Responsibilities
  • Through our Business Services Division, we maintain filings for active and inactive for-profit and non-profit corporations, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies. Our First Stop Business Information Center makes it easier to start or grow a business by creating a custom-tailored road map of relevant permits, applications, and other government services. Business Services also administers the Uniform Commercial Code Program as well as registers Notaries, Trademarks, and Games of Chance. The Elections Division maintains the state's voter registration database and publishes guides for running for office and voting. Finally, the State Archives, Library, and Public Information staff serve as a gateway to open government tools. The State Archives is responsible for comprehensive archives and records management services for all Rhode Island public records, including all state rules and regulations. The State Archives also preserves historic documents and records. The Rhode Island State Library provides reference and research services in the areas of law, legislation, government reports, and Rhode Island history. Finally, Public Information registers and tracks lobbying activity and regulations within Rhode Island state government, and registers and publishes upcoming and past meetings of all state and local government entities, including boards and commissions.
Public Service Information
  • Public Offices and Appointments: Deputy Secretary of State, 2003-2006; Advisor, Economic Affairs to the Governor of Puerto Rico, 1999-2000; Assistant to the President, Puerto Rico Government Development Bank, 1998-1999; Policy Specialist, New Jersey Governor's Committee on Children's Services Planning, 1988-1990
  • The Rhode Island Department of State engages and empowers all Rhode Islanders by making government more accessible and transparent, encouraging civic pride, enhancing commerce, and ensuring that elections are fair, fast, and accurate.
Key Staff
Deputy Secretary/Chief of Staff, Jason Martiesian (401)222-2357
Deputy Secretary/Director of Administration, Melissa Husband (401)222-2357 [email protected]
Senior Advisor/Chief of Information, Nicole Lagace (401)222-2357 [email protected]
Director of State & Federal Legislative Affairs & Policy, Aaron Easter Gardner (401)222-2357 [email protected]
Director of Elections, Rob Rock (401)222-2357 [email protected]
Director of Business Services, Maureen Ewing (401)458-5300 [email protected]
Director of State Archives, Library, & Public Information, Kaitlynne Ward Morris (401)329-0120
Director of Information Technology, Terrance Jackson (401)222-2353 [email protected]
Director of Finance and Personnel, Colleen Halloran-Villandry (401)222-2357 [email protected]

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