Denise L. Nappier
Treasurer, State of Connecticut
Denise 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, 2006, 2010 and 2014, Treasurer Nappier is also the only woman to be elected Treasurer in Connecticut history.
As Connecticut’s chief elected financial officer, Nappier oversees $56 billion in state funds, including the $29 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, one of the nation’s top performing state pension funds. Treasurer Nappier is one of the nation's leading institutional investors working for corporate reform on issues including executive compensation, conflicts of interest in accounting practices, independence and diversity of board members, and disclosure of financial risks of climate change. She proposed and co-chaired the Institutional Investor Summit on Climate Risk, held at the United Nations in 2003 and every two years thereafter.
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 Hartford’s Riverfront Recapture. She holds a B.A. from Virginia State University and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. In 2015, Treasurer Nappier received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women in Public Finance. In 2011, she received the first “Freda Johnson Award” from The Bond Buyer for being a woman trailblazer in public finance. In October of 2011, she was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.