Graça Maria da Fonseca Caetano Gonçalves was born in Lisbon in 1971.
PhD in Sociology from ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, with a Masters in Sociology from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra and a law degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon. She was a Researcher at the Center for Social Studies at the Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, between 1996 and 2000.
She was Councilor at the Lisbon City Council with the areas of Economy, Innovation, Education and Administrative Reform, between 2009 and 2015.
She served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of State and Internal Administration and to the Secretary of State for Justice in the 17th Constitutional Government (2005-2008).
She was also Deputy Director of the Legislative Policy and Planning Office of the Ministry of Justice between 2000 and 2002.
She has been Assistant Secretary of State and Administrative Modernization in the XXI Constitutional Government, since November 2015.