Over the past three and a half years, she has modernized Rhode Island’s elections infrastructure, increased cybersecurity measures and brought both online and automated voter registration to the state. She has been dedicated to encouraging civic participation and pride among Rhode Islanders. Additionally, she instituted comprehensive lobby reform and is streamlining processes to make it easier for people and businesses to navigate state government. Rhode Island is now recognized as a national leader in many of these areas.
In recognition of her extraordinary leadership and achievements, she is a 2018 Honoree for Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Program. She serves as the Eastern Region Vice President of the National Association of Secretaries of States, and Treasurer of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of States. In 2016, she was Vice Chair for the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee, an Aspen Rodel Fellow and a Hunt Kean Fellow.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Gorbea is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University. She and her husband, oceanographer Steve D’Hondt, and their three daughters live in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.