Rosa Rios was the 43rd Treasurer of the United States, serving in that position 2009-2016. Upon her resignation, she received the Hamilton Award, the highest honor bestowed in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She is most recently known for initiating and leading the effort to place a woman on U.S. currency for the first time in over a century. Her almost eight-year effort to redesign the nation's currency included the first-ever nationwide public engagement process in the history of the federal government using a social media portal, roundtables and town halls. In April 2016, the Treasury Department announced that women will be placed on the $5, $10 and $20 bills reflecting the theme of democracy. The concepts will be revealed in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. Ms. Rios is a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She has unveiled the first project of her EMPOWERMENT 2020 initiative, Teachers Righting History, an educational project that highlights historic American women.
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