Francine A. Giani was appointed executive director of the Utah Department of Commerce in 2005. She is responsible for policymaking and management of more than eight Division Directors and the mission of the Department. With the responsibility of issuing more than 300,000 licenses annually and regulating hundreds of industries, the Department of Commerce is one of Utah’s chief regulatory agencies. Divisions within Commerce include the Office of Property Rights Ombudsman, Office of Consumer Services, Division of Consumer Protection, Division of Corporations and Commercial Code, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Division of Public Utilities, Division of Real Estate and Division of Securities. The Utah Department of Commerce is tasked with enforcing statutes that keep Utah businesses fair and ensure that consumers receive impartial treatment in business transactions.
In addition to her role at the Department of Commerce, Giani served as interim director of the Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control (DABC) beginning in August 2011. During her tenure at DABC, she was responsible for implementing sweeping changes based on a legislative audit and internal investigation into employee practices and policies. She maintained her dual leadership role over Commerce and DABC until June 2012. Giani currently serves on the State of Utah Security Council. Before her appointment to the Governor’s Cabinet, she served as a press secretary and policy advisor to former Utah Governor Norman H. Bangerter from 1984-1992. Additionally, she sat on the Centerville City Council from 1992-2000.
Giani is a steadfast consumer advocate who presents speeches, creates public service announcements and participates in media interviews to help educate the public against fraud. She received the Brigham Young University Romney Institute of Public Management “N. Dale Wright Distinguished Alumni Award” in 2011 and was one of Utah Business Magazine’s “30 Women to Watch” in 2012.
Giani obtained her Bachelors of Arts Degree from Hunter College in New York City where she launched her career working for ABC Television. She later received a Masters of Public Administration from the Romney Institute of Public Management at Brigham Young University.
Giani and her husband have twin daughters. She enjoys watching her daughters’ high school volleyball games and singing recitals as well as family camping trips and hikes in Utah’s National Parks.