Toigo Foundation Advisory Board Member Rosie Rios Named United States Treasurer: Rosie Rios Steps Down From Toigo Advisory Board--Starts New Role in DC

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New U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios assumes post in Washington DC -- and steps down from advisory board role at the Toigo Foundation, a leading non-profit dedicated to developing the next generation of minority leaders.

The Toigo Foundation, our board and extended network of professionals nationwide, is tremendously proud of Rosie Rios' appointment as US Treasurer, of her professional accomplishments and commitment to public service

The Toigo Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to increasing diversity within the finance industry, is proud of the confirmation of Rosa "Rosie" Gumataotao Rios as United States Treasurer. With the high-ranking federal appointment, Rios has stepped down from her role on the Toigo Advisory Board, a post she has held throughout 2009, and begins work in Washington as U.S. Treasurer this month.

"The Toigo Foundation, our board and extended network of professionals nationwide, is tremendously proud of Rosie Rios' appointment as US Treasurer, of her professional accomplishments and commitment to public service," said Nancy Sims, president of the Toigo Foundation. "Rios embodies the "Toigo Leader"--someone who combines diverse cultural experiences, innovative thinking and an unwavering commitment to community interests. Her appointment underscores the importance of bringing greater diversity to key positions within the federal government, and the critical role that minority communities and leaders nationwide will play in this nation's future."

Rios has been a tremendous advocate for education and professional advancement. She has served as an invaluable resource to Toigo Fellows and Alumni regarding career management strategies and as a passionate champion for the work of the Toigo Foundation in her role as a member of the Advisory Board.

As U.S. Treasurer, Rios reports to the Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner on matters of coinage, currency circulation, and related issues; her signature also will appear on U.S. currency. In her new role, one of Rios' responsibilities will be to improve the nation's financial literacy, an area Toigo has long advocated as critical factor in minority students' ability to pursue college and graduate education and successfully launch finance and business careers.

A Bay Area native, Rios, 43, earned her B.A. from Harvard University and served as an economic development expert for several municipalities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rios recently served as a Trustee of the Alameda County Employees' Retirement Association (ACERA) and is a member of the board of directors of California Association of Local Economic Development (CALED) and the Fruitvale Spanish-Speaking Unity Council in Oakland. Since 2006, she has been an executive in the San Francisco office of MacFarlane Partners, a real estate investment management firm. She served on the Obama Treasury-Federal Reserve transition team.

About Toigo
Committed to changing the face of finance for 20 years, the Robert Toigo Foundation inspires and supports minority MBAs as they earn their graduate degrees and pursue successful careers in the field of finance. Currently 800 strong, the Toigo Alumni network represents the best and brightest minority MBAs working in all sectors and all levels of leadership in finance. Toigo is the only non-profit initiative dedicated to the leadership development of pre-, current and post-MBA graduates working within the field of finance.

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