Nancy Rodrigues

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In December 2013, Nancy Rodrigues was appointed the Secretary of Administration by Governor Terry McAuliffe. With an impressive record of more than 30 years in public service, Ms. Rodrigues has a wealth of executive expertise and strategic planning experience.

Managing her own consulting firm, Opening Doors to Government Business and Growth, Ms. Rodrigues worked with clients serving in leadership roles providing government relations services and developing growth strategy plans to assist numerous organizations and government agencies. Dedicated and committed, she has developed a reputation for hard work, discipline in achieving goals, and has a high level of energy. Having an engaging personality, Ms. Rodrigues has attracted many supporters from both sides of the aisle.

Extremely knowledgeable in state government, Ms. Rodrigues served as the Secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections from 2007 to 2011, overseeing the largest election in Virginia history in 2008. Also, for nearly a decade, she served as Executive Director of DRIVE SMART® Virginia, a nonprofit organization.

Ms. Rodrigues has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation, as a member of the Virginia State Bar’s Unauthorized Practice of Law committee, and is a former Girl Scout. She currently serves on the Women’s Monument Commission and is an active member of both the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the YMCA.

Ms. Rodrigues has received numerous prestigious honors during her career, including such awards as the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Bridge Builder Award. Fluent in Portuguese and with functional Spanish, Ms. Rodrigues also has specialized experience in Hispanic outreach. She graduated with honors from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where she received a Bachelors of Arts in political science. She attended graduate school at the College of William & Mary.

She is married to Michael Abley and lives on a farm in Surry County with two spoiled cats and a pampered dog.