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Rosie Rios to speak at NIU

March 7, 2011

Rosie Rios, treasurer of the United States, will deliver a talk to NIU students on the importance of Latinos taking on leadership roles in public service.

U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios

Rosie Rios, treasurer of the United States

The lecture will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium. 

“It is vitally important that we continue to expose our community to positive Latina role models, and we can think of none better than Rosie Rios,” said Emily Prieto, director of the NIU Latino Resource Center. “Her leadership sends a strong statement to the community about the value of Latina leaders.” 

Prieto said Rios, a first-generation Mexican-American, will talk about her background and her work and give advice to students who are seeking public service. 

“Her life story and accomplishments are inspiring,” Prieto said. 

Rios serves as the 43rd treasurer of the United States. She has direct oversight over the U.S. Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and Fort Knox, and is a key liaison with the Federal Reserve. 

In addition, the treasurer serves as a senior adviser in the areas of community development and public engagement. She is especially passionate about supporting women in finance and issues of Main Street in the economic recovery. 

Prior to her confirmation as treasurer, Rios worked at MacFarlane Partners, where she was managing director of investments. Working with MacFarlane Partners’ development and global capital partners, Rios played a central role in facilitating equity transactions for large mixed-use development projects in major urban areas. 

Rios is a graduate of Harvard University. 

Students who are interested in attending the lecture are asked to contact the Latino Resource Center at (815) 753-1986 to RSVP.