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Maria Cino, Former Deputy Secretary of Transportation

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Photo of Maria CinoMaria Cino is the immediate past Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Ms. Cino was nominated by President George W. Bush as the Deputy Secretary of Transportation on April 6, 2005, and confirmed by the United States Senate a month later. As Deputy Secretary, Ms. Cino helped the President and Secretaries of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta and Mary E. Peters ensure that the United States and its citizens have a safe, efficient, and reliable transportation system that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life for Americans today and into the future.

As Deputy Secretary, Ms. Cino served as the Department’s chief operating officer, responsible for the day-to-day management of DOT’s $61.1 billion budget, 10 modal administrations, and approximately 60,000 employees.

Ms Cino has nearly 25 years of experience in managing and leading field-based organizations; developing and adhering to complex budgets; setting short- and longterm strategic goals; building coalitions; and developing, motivating, and mentoring staffs.

During his first term, President Bush appointed Ms. Cino to serve as Assistant Secretary and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this capacity, she managed a worldwide organization responsible for connecting small- and medium-sized businesses with export opportunities and protecting all United States businesses overseas. Ms. Cino’s responsibilities included overseeing and distributing an annual budget of $200 million and supervising 1,700 employees at 105 domestic offices and 162 international offices.

Ms. Cino most recently served as Deputy Chairman of the Republican National Committee. In this capacity, she was the RNC’s top political strategist and chief operating officer, overseeing operations of the Committee during the 2004 election cycle. During the 2000 cycle, Ms. Cino served as the Committee’s Deputy Chairman for Political and Congressional Relations, and was the National Political Director for Bush for President in Austin, Texas.

Prior to joining the Bush campaign, Ms. Cino was a public policy and government affairs consultant for the law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C. From 1993 to 1997, she served as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), managing the organization’s strategy, budget and daily operations.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Ms. Cino served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Bill Paxon prior to joining the NRCC. She is a graduate of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.

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