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The reliance on pro-active information technology (IT) and data reporting is critically important in today’s global economy. And, S.C. Commerce is committed to embracing progressive approaches to use data to drive new and creative ways to grow the state’s economy.

With that in mind, Commerce is pleased to welcome Rebecca Gunnlaugsson, Ph.D. as the agency’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this newly minted role, she will lead the agency’s Office of Information Management and Technology which is responsible for effective data management including support systems, as well as reporting and forecasting analytical information to drive operational decision-making and strategic planning.

With more than 20 years of experience in consulting and advanced research and IT development principles, Gunnlaugsson is an economist specializing in statistical analysis and econometric modeling to develop interactive, visual methods to deliver data-driven insights and recommended policy solutions. And, she previously served at Commerce as the Director of the Division of Research and subsequently the Chief Economist from 2007 to 2011.

“I am thrilled to rejoin the S.C. Commerce family as CIO and look forward to working with our team to advance Commerce’s IT and data management systems,” said Gunnlaugsson. “The more readily accessible data and research are, the more reliable information we can provide to economic development stakeholders and companies we are working to recruit to South Carolina.”

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Tamia Sumpter

Tamia is a driven senior undergraduate Bioengineering student currently enrolled at Clemson University. With a strong foundation in her field, she has honed her skills through hands-on experience in research and development at Eli Lilly & Company. During her time in the ADME department, Tamia contributed significantly by working on siRNAs and their applications in finding In Vitro-In Vivo Correlation (IVIVC). Looking ahead, Tamia has set her sights on a promising career in law. She aspires to specialize in Intellectual Property Law, with a particular focus on serving as in-house counsel for leading medical device or pharmaceutical companies. Her enthusiasm for this role is palpable as she prepares to embark on her legal journey! She is also a proud member of the Omicron Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., PEER Mentor for Clemson PEER/WiSE, and currently serves as the President of Clemson Bioengineering Organization (CBO). With her unique blend of scientific knowledge and legal interests, Tamia is poised to make a meaningful impact in the healthcare and life sciences industries.