Rosa “Rosie” Gumataotao Rios was born in Hayward, California, on July 17, 1965. In 2009, Rio was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the 43rd Treasurer of the United States. The U.S. Senate approved the nomination and she was confimed in July 2009. Rios remained the 43rd U.S. Treasurer until 2016.

As U.S. Treasurer, Rio led a campaign to change the $20.00 bill to feature Harriet Tubman and served as CEO of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the U.S. Mint.

Upon leaving the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Rios was selected as a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. While at Harvard, Rios launched EMPOWERMENT 2020 that focuses on the recognition of historic American women and advocates for advancing women in leadership positions and investment programs.

Title “10 influential women in Maryland history”
Date August 16, 2020
Source The Daily Times

“We struggled growing up. (It) definitely gave us an appreciation of living within our means,”

Title “Bay Area native shows hard work holds keys to Treasury”
Date August 25, 2009
Source The Sacramento Bee

“…my mom who courageously raised me and my eight brothers and sisters as a single parent and who today remains my pillar of strength.”

Title “U.S. treasurer confirmed”
Date August 12, 2009
Source Pacific Daily News