Former Treasurer of the United States and Founder of EMPOWERMENT 2020
Rosie Rios was the 43rd Treasurer of the United States and is a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is most recently known for initiating and leading the efforts to place a portrait of a woman on the front of United States currency for the first time in over a century. Upon her resignation in 2016, she received the Hamilton Award, the highest honor bestowed in the United States Department of the Treasury. Rosie was the longest serving Senate-confirmed Treasury official beginning with her time on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team in November 2008 at the height of the financial crisis. Rosie continues advocating for women and girls and has launched EMPOWERMENT 2020 at Harvard University. Its first project, Teachers Righting History, began as a pilot program on August 26, Equality Day, to recognize historic American women in classrooms across the country. Since then, she has decided to make empowering women and girls her full-time effort. Rosie is a graduate of Harvard University and was selected as the first Latina in Harvard’s 380-year history to have a portrait commissioned in her honor. The portrait will be publicly unveiled in 2018.