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Tanika S. Hawkins

Director of Administration
Tanika Hawkins

Tanika Hawkins is the Director of Administration and is responsible for overseeing and performing all administrative functions in support of the Office of the Secretary (OS), Immediate Office.

Mrs. Hawkins serves as Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary’s Office, advising on operating activities of the Department on matters affecting the Secretary and Deputy Secretary's program and management priorities. Tanika leads the Immediate Office with more than 20 years of experience, having served in National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), International Trade Administration (ITA), Economic Development Agency (EDA), Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and Office of the Secretary (OS). With the wealth of knowledge collected while serving across bureaus within Commerce, she successfully leads the Office of Administration in budget planning and execution, travel, procurement and contracting, personnel management, property management, facilities management, and Continuity of Operations Program (COOP) and Continuity of Government (COG) programs.

Tanika advises on travel policy as well as provides guidance on federal regulations, Departmental procedures, and policies.

Tanika has achieved mastery in Presidential transitions providing political appointees and federal career executives the communication and human resource tools to ensure smooth transitions while fully supporting the mission of the Department.

Mrs. Hawkins was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where she currently resides with her family.