Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce
Beth Pearce has served as State Treasurer since January 2011. Initially appointed to fill a vacancy, she was elected to her fifth term in 2018. Beth has been a leader in promoting fiscal discipline, conservative debt management and economic prosperity while working to provide an opportunity for a life-time of financial well-being for all Vermonters.
Beth has over 40 years of experience in government finance at both the state and local levels. She served as Vermont Deputy Treasurer from 2003 to 2011. Prior to joining the Vermont Treasurer's Office, Beth served as Deputy Treasurer for Cash Management at the Massachusetts State Treasurer's Office from 1999-2003; Deputy Comptroller for the Town of Greenburgh, New York; and as the Accounting Manager and Financial Operations Manager for the Town of West Hartford, Connecticut.
Beth is the past President of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST). She currently serves as the President of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT). In 2015, she received NASACT's President's Award for national leadership in state government transparency. She is the Past President of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) and was one of two state advisors to the Uniform Law Commission on Unclaimed Property. NAUPA awarded her the Presidential Distinguished Service Award in 2013 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. NAST also recognized her service in 2013 with the Harlan Boyles-Edward T. Alter Distinguished Service Award.
In 2012 she was selected as one of ten notable women featured by The Bond Buyer in a special supplement on trailblazing women in public finance.
Beth’s priority is providing economic prosperity for all Vermonters. She is a champion of local investment, creating the “10% in Vermont Program” and the “Bank in Vermont Program”, promoting local investment. The former has put millions into housing, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and community development while earning a competitive rate of return. The Vermont League of Cities and Towns awarded Beth the 2013 Town Government Award, for her active commitment to strengthening local government and efforts to provide financial assistance to municipalities during weather related disasters.
Beth led a collaborative effort to protect Vermont’s natural resources, including a clean water initiative that resulted in new delivery systems, innovative practices and increased funding for Vermont’s lakes and rivers.
Beth created the “Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan” which will provide retirement plans for Vermont small businesses and their employees. She is a national advocate for providing adequate and secure retirement for state, teacher and local employees and retirees in a cost-effective manner for taxpayers. Beth promotes defined benefit pension systems that provide reliable retirement benefits while serving as an economic generator.
The Vermont Businesses for Social responsibility awarded Beth the 2017 Public Servant of the Year Award, recognizing her efforts to establish a public retirement system, clean up Vermont’s waterways, and to address the impacts of climate change through state investments.
As the only woman statewide elected official in Vermont, Beth has been an advocate of promoting economic prosperity for women and encouraging women to pursue elective office. She was selected by Emerge Vermont to receive the 2018 Governor Madeleine Kunin Lifetime Achievement Award.
Beth served as co-chair of a Financial Literacy Commission and has provided innovative programs for both children and adults. These include “Reading is an Investment” serving thousands of children from kindergarten through the sixth grade, a model after school program, and financial literacy programs for seniors.
All of these initiatives have a common theme: providing financial security for all and a healthy, prosperous Vermont. Beth looks forward to continuing these initiatives.