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Elaine L. Chao, director since 2011

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor

Elaine L. Chao
Ms. Chao was the nation’s 24th Secretary of Labor, serving from 2001 to 2009, and the first Asian Pacific American woman to be appointed to a President’s cabinet in American history. Ms. Chao presently serves as chairman of the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Foundation, a family foundation. From 1996 to 2001 and from 2009 to 2014, Ms. Chao was a Distinguished Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. Ms. Chao served as President and CEO of United Way of America from 1992 to 1996. Her previous government experience also includes serving as Director of the Peace Corps; Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation; and Chairman, Federal Maritime Commission. She was also Vice President of Syndications at BankAmerica Capital Markets Group and a banker with Citicorp. She has served on a number of public boards prior to government service. Currently, she is also a director of News Corp and Vulcan Materials Company and a board member of several nonprofit organizations including Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Institute of Politics; Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors and Board of Global Advisors. Ms. Chao received her undergraduate degree in economics from Mount Holyoke College and her Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

Wells Fargo Board Committees: Credit Committee and Finance Committee