About Us

Brian Ball, Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Brian Ball was appointed Secretary of Commerce and Trade in April of 2018.  He previously served in the Northam Administration as Special Advisor for Economic Development and Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade.

Prior to joining the Northam Administration, Brian was an attorney at Williams Mullen where he concentrated his practice in mergers and acquisitions, securities laws and corporate governance matters. Brian served as a trusted advisor to senior management, boards of directors and audit and special board committees handling such matters as internal investigations and activist shareholders.  He also regularly represented clients before state and federal administrative agencies and the Virginia General Assembly.  Brian served on the firm’s board of directors and as its General Counsel.

Brian graduated with high distinction from the University of Virginia where he was an Echols Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. He is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia and California. He served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California from 1981 to 1982.

Brian and his wife Jennifer, formerly of Waynesboro, reside in Richmond.  They have two children.

Angela Navarro, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Angela Navarro serves as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade. Previously, she served as Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources under both Governor Northam and Governor McAuliffe where she focused on energy and clean air policies. Prior to her appointments, Angela spent five years practicing law with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) as a member of the Clean Energy and Air team. While at SELC, she led the organization’s energy efficiency practice across a six-state southeastern region, and she was the organization’s lead attorney on energy matters in Virginia.

Angela holds a business degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Cassidy Rasnick, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Cassidy Rasnick serves as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Rural Economic Development. Prior to her appointment, Rasnick managed the state’s economic development efforts for two of the Commonwealth’s largest industries – agriculture and forestry – while serving as manager of the office of business development at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and previously, as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry for Governor McAuliffe. Before joining the McAuliffe administration, she worked for the Virginia Manufacturers Association and the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. Rasnick also spent more than five years working for United State Senator Mark Warner.

A native of Botetourt County, Rasnick is a graduate of James Madison University and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

Robby Demeria, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Technology

Robby Demeria serves as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Technology. Prior to his appointment, Robby Demeria served as Executive Director of the Richmond Technology Council, known as RVATECH, a business association in the technology industry representing over 26,000 practitioners and nearly 300 businesses as the voice of technology in the greater Richmond region. He also served as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and held legislative positions with former Congressman Jim Moran and Delegate Bob Brink.

Robby obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from George Mason University.

Contact Us

Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade
Patrick Henry Building
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219

For regular U.S. mail, please use the following address:
P.O. Box 1475
Richmond, VA 23218

Phone Numbers:
(804) 786-7831
Fax Line: (804) 371-0250