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Denise Nappier

state treasurer, CT

Denise Lynn Nappier is the first African-American woman elected to serve as a State Treasurer in the United States and the first African-American woman elected to a statewide office in Connecticut. Elected in 1998 and re-elected in 2002 and 2006, Treasurer Nappier is also the only woman to be elected Treasurer in Connecticut history. As Connecticuts chief elected financial officer, Nappier oversees $50 billion in state funds, including the $26 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, one of the nations top performing state pension funds. Widely respected by her peers, Treasurer Nappier was re-elected Treasurer of the National Association of State Treasurers and is a board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Connecticut Chapter; the first public fund investor to serve in that capacity. The Hartford native previously served as Hartford City Treasurer for nearly ten years, and as Executive Director of Hartfords Riverfront Recapture. She holds a B.A. from Virginia State University and a masters degree from the University of Cincinnati.