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Chao became the first Asian-American woman to serve

Sometimes serving as an advocate for shipping industry interests in these posts, Chao gained both her first executive position and her first high-profile job when President Bush named her director of the Peace Corps in 1991. There, in the wake of the collapse Communism in the Soviet Union, she recruited American business students to start new industries that would lay the groundwork for the emergence of Russia&amp#x0027s new capitalist economy. She also started the first Peace Corps programs in the newly inde

Secretary Chao is a resident of Prior to her appointment as Secretary of Transportation, she was a Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute. 

FILE - In this July 17, 2016 file photo, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao and her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., check out the stage during preparation for the Republican National Convention inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. President-elect Donald Trump has picked Elaine Chao to become transportation secretary, according to a Trump source. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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