Women Leading Through Change in Government: Rosie Rios

We are living in an unprecedented time of change as we navigate the global crises in health, the economy, equality, and leadership.

Our Women Leading Through Change series highlights powerful voices leading the way across industries and communities. We share tools and strategies for professional and personal growth, and the power of data to elevate individuals, groups, and organizations.

Join Tableau for an insightful conversation with Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States. Treasurer Rios was the longest serving Senate-confirmed Treasury official beginning with her time on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team in November 2008 at the height of the financial crisis. She initiated and led the efforts to place a portrait of a woman on the front of U.S. currency for the first time in the nation’s history. Treasurer Rios continues to advocate for women and girls and launched EMPOWERMENT 2020 at Harvard. She currently lectures about her tenure in Treasury and building leadership and civic engagement.

Treasurer Rios is hosted by Janae Dandridge from Tableau for a fireside chat, followed by audience Q&A. Watch now to hear the pair discuss:

  • Making financial decisions in unprecedented times
  • Using data to do more with less
  • Valuing diverse perspectives in decision making
  • Elevating underrepresented voices

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Rosie Rios

43rd Treasurer of the United States; Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

Rosie Rios is the CEO of Red River Associates, a real estate investment management consulting firm. She served as the 43rd Treasurer of the United States and was the CEO of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the U.S. Mint, including Fort Knox. She also initiated and led the efforts to place a portrait of a woman on U.S. currency for the first time in over a century. Upon her resignation in 2016, she received the Hamilton Award, the highest honor bestowed in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Rosie was the longest serving Senate-confirmed Treasury official beginning with her time on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team in November 2008 at the height of the financial crisis. Following her tenure, she was appointed as a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University with a focus on Millennials and Post-Millennials. In August 2020 she was honored as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century.

In her role as Treasurer of the United States, Rios' day-to-day responsibilities included overseeing all currency and coin production activities with almost 4,000-employees in eight facilities nationwide and an annual budget of approximately $5 billion. In the first five years of her tenure, she saved over $1 billion by implementing efficiencies and innovative concepts while meeting increased production demand and increasing employee morale at record levels. Her signature currently appears on a world-record $1.69 trillion of U.S. currency out of the approximately $1.71 trillion in circulation worldwide.

Rios' entire career has focused on real estate finance, economic development and urban revitalization in both the public and private sectors. Prior to her presidential appointment in Treasury, Rios was Managing Director of Investments for MacFarlane Partners, a $22 billion real estate investment management firm based in San Francisco. In this capacity, she was responsible for several of MacFarlane Partners’ urban investment activities including sourcing, underwriting and structuring prospective investments and all relevant due diligence as well as overseeing projects during their development and stabilization. Other real estate/urban revitalization activities include serving as the Director of Economic Development and/or Redevelopment for multiple cities such as Oakland, Fremont, San Leandro and Union City. She consulted with the City of San Francisco Public Utility Commission and reported to the Assistant General Manager for Infrastructure on one of the nation’s largest capital improvement programs. Her first job following college was as a Commercial Property Underwriter for General Reinsurance Corporation.

Rios is a graduate of Harvard University and was selected as the first Latina in Harvard’s 384-year history to have a portrait commissioned in her honor. Her portrait was officially unveiled at Winthrop House in May of 2019. She currently serves on the board of American Family Insurance, Fidelity Charitable Trust, the Schlesinger Council at Harvard and the Advisory Committee for Artemis Real Estate Partners. She was previously a Trustee with the Alameda County Employees Retirement Association (ACERA). In 2018, she was appointed as a member of America 250, the Congressional Commission to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding in 2026. She serves on the Executive Committee and is the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committees and is leading the strategic planning process. Her personal passion includes serving as Founder and CEO of EMPOWERMENT 2020, an initiative that facilitates the physical recognition of historical American women. Its first project, Teachers Righting History, recognizes historical American women in classrooms across the country. She has also launched Notable Women, an Augmented Reality educational initiative in collaboration with Google. She remains active in real estate finance and is consulting on several transformational projects in the Bay Area.


Janae Dandridge

Federal Account Executive at Tableau

Janae Dandridge is a Federal Account Executive at Tableau where she leads the company’s business partnerships with select Federal Civilian agencies. Janae believes that using data is critical to improving government programs and services and has spent the past 6 years partnering with government agencies at all levels to embrace a data-first culture. Prior to beginning her career in government technology sales, Janae obtained her B.A in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and her M.S in Business Management from Wake Forest University.

Beyond her work as a sales professional, Janae is engaged in social impact programs through Tableau Foundation. She previously served as the Tableau DC Community Grants Program Chair for 3 years, leading a team that managed annual grant distribution to nonprofits throughout the metro Washington DC area. She is also actively involved in the company’s grassroots diversity initiatives, as highlighted by her role as organizer of the company’s first global Women in Sales event.

Janae is a proud native of New Kent County, Virginia and now resides in the Motor City - Detroit, Michigan. Outside of work, Janae loves developing new recipes, traveling the world and tending to her new plant babies.

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