Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg appointed 20-year public finance veteran Ruth Ellen Fitch to serve on the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board. The nine-member PRIM board oversees the state's $61 billion pension fund.

Fitch, scheduled to be sworn in on Feb. 6, is expected to participate in the Feb. 10 board meeting.

"Ruth Ellen brings a diverse range of financial management experience to PRIM and a deep appreciation for public service," said Goldberg.

Fitch practiced law for more than 20 years at Palmer & Dodge LLP, where she became the first black woman partner at a large Boston law firm.

Her practice included public law and financing transactions, and she also served as bond counsel to Boston as well as many other New England municipalities. She also served as president and chief executive at the Dimock Center health services organization for nine years, retiring in 2013.

She was the director of the METCO integration program in the Brookline public schools and taught black literature at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

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