Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier - Rhode Island Commerce

Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier

Commerce Corporation Board Member

Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier is a Senior Advisor for the Education Strategy Group ( www.esg.org).  Most recently she was Rhode Island’s Postsecondary Commissioner from 2017-2019.  She also worked for the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary of Career, Technical and Adult Education from 2009-2014 and or the last year was also the Acting Assistant Secretary of Postsecondary Education.  

Dann-Messier coached state teams for the JPMC Career Readiness initiative from 2015-2017 and, for a decade, was the President of Dorcas Place Adult and Family Learning Center in Providence RI.

She is a board member of the National Skills Coalition, Re-Entry Campus Program and a Trustee of Johnson and Wales University.

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