On Thursday, President Obama nominated former NASCAR executive Marcus Jadotte as assistant secretary for industry and analysis in the department of Commerce. Jadotte's position will require Senate approval.
Jadotte served as the vice president of public affairs and multicultural development at NASCAR from 2011 to 2014. He led the development of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Pit Crew Development programs which focus on developing the skills of promising female, Asian, Latino and African-American drivers and crew members in NASCAR. He has held several other positions at NASCAR, including managing director of public affairs from 2006 to 2011 and senior manager of public relations from 2005 to 2006.
Prior to joining NASCAR, Jadotte was chief of staff to U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz from 2004 to 2005. He was deputy campaign manager for the Kerry/Edwards Presidential campaign from 2003 to 2004. He was chief of staff to U.S. Representative Peter Deutsch from 2001 to 2003 and served as Florida state director on the Gore/Lieberman Presidential campaign in 2000.
He served at the Department of Labor in various positions, including intergovernmental officer from 1999 to 2000 and special assistant to the deputy secretary in 2000. Jadotte received a B.A. from Florida State University.