Kelly Thomasson

Kelly Thomasson was reappointed as Secretary of the Commonwealth by Governor Northam after serving in that role since 2016.  

As Secretary of the Commonwealth, Kelly is passionate about creating a state government that is open and welcome to everyone.  Kelly assists the Governor in recruiting and appointing over 3,000 qualified, service-minded individuals to serve on Virginia’s boards, commissions and councils.  In addition, the office serves the Commonwealth through managing clemency petitions, restoration of civil rights, extraditions, service of process, authenticating documents and commissioning Notaries Public. The Secretary of the Commonwealth acts as the Governor’s liaison to Virginia’s Indian Tribes, as well as the Council on Women. 

Kelly joined Governor McAuliffe’s administration as Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth in 2014, and was appointed as Secretary in 2016.  Prior to that service, she worked for Senator Mark Warner for 13 years in various capacities, including Projects Director in his U.S. Senate office and Director of Scheduling in the Office of the Governor. Kelly is a native of Richmond and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is involved in many local community activities, including serving on the board of the Ashland Main Street Association.  Kelly serves on the Lead Virginia Board of Directors and was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Information Technology Advisory Council.  She is a graduate of Lead Virginia and was named Top 40 Under 40 by Style Weekly in 2017.


Contact Us

Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth

1111 East Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 786-2441
Fax: (804) 371-0017

For regular U.S. mail, please use the following address:

P.O. Box 2454 
Richmond, VA 23218

Team Members

Secretary of the Commonwealth
Kelly Thomasson

Deputy Secretary
Traci DeShazor

Jennifer Crown - Director of Notary and Authentication Division

Boards and Appointments
Maribel Castañeda - Coordinator of Gubernatorial Appointments

Chris FrinkDirector of Extraditions

Restoration of Rights
Lashawnda S. Singleton - Community Relations Specialist

Jennifer Crown - Director of the Notary and Authentications Divisions

Conflict of Interest/Public Records
Emma Williams – Records Manager

Lobbyist Registration
Christopher Frink - Director, Lobbyist Registration

Service of Process
Kari Ellis - Director, Service of Process