Gina Raimondo

Born:May 17, 1971 (age 48)
Career:Governor of Rhode Island, 2015-present
Treasurer of Rhode Island, 2011-2015
State:Rhode Island
Education:B.A., Harvard University
Ph.D., Oxford University
J.D., Yale Law School

Gina Raimondo assumed office as governor of Rhode Island on January 6, 2015. She is the first woman to serve as Rhode Island's governor. Previously, Raimondo served as Rhode Island's general treasurer from 2011 to 2015, only the second woman to serve in that role in Rhode Island.

Raimondo was born May 17, 1971, in Smithfield, Rhode Island. She graduated from La Salle Academy, one of the first girls to attend the school and valedictorian of her graduating class. She graduated with a B.A. magna cum laude in economics from Harvard University in 1993, received a Ph.D. in sociology from Oxford University (where she was a Rhodes Scholar), and received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1998. Raimondo began her career as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, and served as founding employee and senior vice president at Village Ventures, a venture capital firm. She returned to Rhode Island in 2000 to co-found the state's first venture capital firm, Point Judith Capital. At Point Judith, Raimondo served as a general partner covering health care investments.

In 2010, Raimondo was elected to the office of general treasurer. She headed the effort to change the funding structure of Rhode Island's state-administered public employee pension system, and played a central role in raising public support for pension reform. The Rhode Island Retirement Security Act of 2011, which passed with bi-partisan support in both chambers of the General Assembly, has been hailed as national model. Raimondo also created the Ocean State Investment Pool (OSIP), a low-cost investment vehicle intended to help the state and municipalities better manage and improve the investment performance of their liquid assets.

Raimondo serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors of Crossroads Rhode Island, the state's largest homeless services organization. She was a trustee at Women and Infants Hospital and chair of its Quality Committee, and has served on the boards of La Salle Academy and Family Service of Rhode Island.

Raimondo is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow. She was awarded an honorary degree from Bryant University in 2012, and has received awards from the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and the YWCA of Northern Rhode Island. She was elected Alumni Fellow at Yale in 2014.


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