Guillaume de Ramel lives where he grew up – Aquidneck Island – with his wife Molly and their two young children, Charlie and Elizabeth. For generations, through the Prince Charitable Trusts and later the De Ramel Foundation, Guillaume and his family have supported educational, environmental, health care and social needs in Rhode Island.
Whether it’s providing funding for a collaborative effort between Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University’s Neuroscience Institute, Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, Ocean State Action, or serving on the Coastal Resources Management Council, Guillaume has dedicated himself to improving the lives of Rhode Islanders.
Today, Guillaume seeks to continue giving back to his community by becoming Rhode Island’s next Secretary of State.
Committed to public service at a young age, Guillaume enrolled in the U.S. Marine Corps’ Officer Candidates School in 1996 while finishing college at Hobart and William Smith University. However, upon completion of the program, Guillaume learned he would be unable to fly military planes due to his eyesight. This set back did not deter his passion for flying, and he and his twin brother later started a small business chartering flights to and from Aquidneck Island.
After earning a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from Columbia University, Guillaume worked analyzing multi-million dollar real estate transactions in states across the country – each state having different sets of business rules and regulations.
Since moving home to start a family in Rhode Island, Guillaume has created and grown businesses, generating jobs in aviation, construction and real estate. He has seen firsthand how the business climate in Rhode Island suffers from too much red tape and too little action. Every business first starts with the Secretary of State, and
Guillaume is dedicated to implementing important reforms to make Rhode Island regionally competitive.
Protecting every Rhode Islander’s right to vote – from voters stranded in-line to cast a ballot or a service member stationed overseas – Guillaume is committed to instituting meaningful improvements to make our state a beacon of civic participation in New England.
This year, while Rhode Island celebrates the 350th anniversary of our colonial charter and “lively experiment,” Guillaume believes in increasing public access to the state’s historic archives to celebrate Rhode Island’s long and unique history.
Whether you are starting a business, casting a ballot, or seeking public information, Guillaume believes, as the next Secretary of State, we can make a difference in Rhode Island.