Secretary of Administration, Commonwealth of Virginia
Dr. Keyanna Conner
Dr. Keyanna Conner serves as Secretary of Administration for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is part of a commission to embrace a new claim on history in Virginia – the Women’s Monument at the Virginia State Capitol. The monument will bring to life 12 bronze statues honoring women from Virginia’s history, and include a wall with the names of 400 prominent Virginia women.
In her role, Secretary Conner is also responsible for overseeing Virginia’s Department of General Services, Department of Human Resource Management, Department of Elections, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, and the Compensation Board. She previously served as State Director and Director of Government and Community Affairs for U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner, where she was the primary point of contact between the Senator’s office and representatives of state and local governments, public agencies and constituency organizations.
Before being inspired to get involved with politics, Secretary Conner pursued her love of chemistry and earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. During that time, she took on both topics simultaneously, due to feeling passionate about the changes she saw during her work for the Obama campaign in 2008. Her future goal is to combine her policy work with her science education and background.