The National Association of State Treasurers tapped Vermont Treasurer Beth Pearce as its next president.
Pearce was elected as the NAST president for 2018 at the organization’s annual conference in Boston last week. She will succeed outgoing president Ken Miller, the state treasurer of Oklahoma, on Jan. 1.
“I am honored to lead this national network in its next year of transformation and growth,” said Pearce during the conference. “Our country faces a number of fiscal challenges such as an aging infrastructure, rising levels of student debt, a lack of retirement readiness and financial security. NAST plays a crucial role in addressing these issues by promoting sound fiscal policy and best practice that enhances our lives, so I look forward to working with the association during the year ahead to build on this goal.”
Pearce was first appointed Vermont treasurer by then Gov. Peter Shumlin in December 2010 and was then elected to her first full term in November 2012. She is currently a NAST senior vice president and is also the past president of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, an affiliate of NAST.
In her more than seven years as Vermont’s chief fiscal officer, Pearce has made transparency a major focus. She spearheaded Vermont developing the first state disclosure website that adheres to National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers 10 best practices for state government voluntary reporting. She received the NASACT's President's Award for efforts in government financial management and accountability in 2015.