This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: December 31, 2014
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Rachel Thomas, 804-225-4262, | Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office Contact: Denise Burch Email:

Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his administration today. The appointees will join McAuliffe’s administration focused on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will build a new Virginia economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth.

Secretariat of Commerce and Trade

Ellen Marie Hess, Commissioner for the Virginia Employment Commission 

Ellen Marie Hess was previously appointed Deputy Commissioner at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) by Governor McAuliffe.  She oversaw the agency’s legislative, legal, and policy functions, as well as the Highway Safety Office.  Ellen Marie has been with DMV since January 2008 and has more than 20 years’ experience in policy and regulatory functions in state government.  Prior to her service at DMV, she was the Director of Labor and Employment Law at the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry and a Staff Attorney with the Virginia Department of Taxation.  She also gained private sector experience as In-house Counsel at Heilig-Meyers Furniture Company.  Ellen Marie received a Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond.